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John M. Schofield, Forty-six years in the Army, Chapter XIII (search)
to Virginia. I am aware that General Thomas contemplates a spring campaign into Alabama or Mississippi, with the Tennessee River as a base, and believe he considers my command a necessary part of the operating force. Without reference to the latter point, permit me to express the opinion that such a campaign would not be an economical or advantageous use of so many troops. If aggressive operations are to be continued in the Gulf States, it appears to me it would be much better to take Mobile and operate from that point, thus striking vital points, if there are any such, of rebel territory by much shorter lines. But it appears to me that Lee's army is virtually all that is left of the rebellion. If we can concentrate force enough to destroy that, we will destroy with it the rebel government, and the occupation of the whole South will then be but a matter of a few weeks' time. Excuse, General, the liberty I have taken in expressing my views thus freely and unsolicited. I h
John M. Schofield, Forty-six years in the Army, Chapter XVI (search)
ng to Grant's assistance, where he was not needed, and leaving Hood's army behind him? A change of base to Savannah or Mobile had been contemplated as a probable necessity of future operations in Georgia or in the Gulf States, upon the capture of several objectives open to him as the goal of his march, reserving to himself finally the choice between three,—Savannah, Mobile, and Pensacola,—trusting to Richmond papers to keep Grant well advised of his movements and of his final choice of the ob10, 1864, 12 M. . . . Hood is now crossing the Coosa; twelve miles below Rome, bound west. If he passes over to the Mobile and Ohio road, had I not better execute the plan of my letter sent by Colonel Porter, and leave General Thomas with the t, and, it may be, Savannah and Charleston, but I will always keep open the alternatives of the mouth of Appalachicola and Mobile. By this I propose to demonstrate the vulnerability of the South, and make its inhabitants feel that war and individual
John M. Schofield, Forty-six years in the Army, Chapter XVII (search)
t at first, nor was any mention of it at that time necessary. Besides, events might possibly render the march to Richmond unnecessary or impracticable; or, possibly, Sherman might be compelled for some reason to make his new base at Pensacola or Mobile, though he was determined to make it at Savannah, if possible; and hence it was necessary to have, in reserve as it were, a sufficient logical reason for the preliminary operation, if that finally had to stand alone. Again, that part of the orir great object, again to cut in two the Confederate territory, as had been done by the opening of the Mississippi River to the gulf. This next line of section might be Chattanooga, Atlanta, and Savannah, or Chattanooga, Atlanta, Montgomery, and Mobile. But with the disappearance of Hood's army from that theater of operations, all reason for that plan of territorial strategy had disappeared, and the occasion was then presented, for the first time, for the wholly different strategical plan of S
John M. Schofield, Forty-six years in the Army, Index (search)
from, 284, 285, 290, 321, 325; Halleck's and Pope's plan of clearing rebels from, 358, 359 Missouri River, the, military operations on, 37; guerrilla warfare on, 358, 359 Missouri United States Reserve Corps, the, organization of, 35 Mobile, Ala., proposed movements against, 253, 312, 317, 332; contemplated change of base to, 303; cutting through the South at, 337 Mobile and Ohio Railroad, proposed movement against, from Vicksburg, 199; anticipated movement by Hood on, 315 Modoc with and opinions of Grant, 324, 337, :347, 348, 357, 358, 443, 479, 543; at Gaylesburg, 326; probable expectations from the Tennessee campaign, 329; joint operations with Grant against Lee, 331 et seq., 337, :347, 348; possible movements against Mobile and Pensacola, 332; movement to Augusta, 332, 337, 338; loyalty, 334; Johnston's negotiations with and capitulation to, 335, 348-353, 355, 356, 360, 361; knowledge of Thomas's character, 336; credited by Grant with his plans and achievements, 337