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John M. Schofield, Forty-six years in the Army, Chapter XVI (search)
. . I want all things bent to the following general plan of action for the next three months. Out of the forces now here and at Atlanta I propose to organize an efficient army of from 60,000 to 65,000 men, with which I propose to destroy Macon, Augusta, 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 individk up the railroad in front of Dalton, including the city of Atlanta, and push into Georgia, and break up all its railroads and depots, capture its horses and negroes, make desolation everywhere, destroy the factories at Macon, Milledgeville, and Augusta, and bring up with 60,000 men on the sea-shore about Savannah or Charleston. 1 think this far better than defending a long line of railroad. I will leave General George H. Thomas to command all my division behind me, and take with me only the
John M. Schofield, Forty-six years in the Army, Chapter XVII (search)
he troops from the east for that purpose. If that had been done, Sherman could have marched to Augusta, there replenished his supplies by the river from Savannah, and marched thence northward by thehan either of the others, he said: Incidentally I might destroy the enemy's depots at Macon and Augusta, and reach the sea-shore at Charleston or Savannah, from either of which points I could reinforirst thought suggested to Sherman by Hood's movement leaving open the road to Macon, as also to Augusta, as embodied in his despatch to Halleck on September 25, related simply to the opportunity thusfter Hood got out of his way, Sherman might as well, and I think better, have marched direct to Augusta, and thence northward, wholly ignoring Savannah as well as Charleston, except that he would havom Savannah. From Atlanta to Columbia, South Carolina, crossing the Savannah River at or above Augusta, is an easier march than that from Savannah to Columbia. Or if Sherman had not cared about pay
John M. Schofield, Forty-six years in the Army, Index (search)
uth at, 337 Atlanta campaign, the, faults of Sherman's organization in, 122 et seq.; questions of rank in, 150, 151; S. requested to write a critical history of, 162; Thomas's service in, 189; results of, 309; Sherman's tactics in, 340-343 Augusta, Ga., proposed destruction of, by Sherman, 317, 318, 333; Sherman's movement to, 332, 333, 337, 338 Austria, attitude in the Mexican affair, 385 B Bank of South Carolina, effect of brass on the cashier, 17 Baring Bros., 384 Bartlett,47, 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; Lee's army his objective, 337, 347, 3