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John Harrison Wilson, The life of Charles Henry Dana, Chapter 13: Vicksburg campaign (search)
culty in opening the passage, but the line would be a precarious one after the army had crossed the Mississippi--that Sherman preferred a movement by the way of the Yazoo Pass against Grenada and Jackson, or an alternative one by the way of Lake Providence to Bayou Tensas and the Red River. While Sherman differed from Grant, and suggested these eccentric movements which would have hopelessly removed the army from its most direct line of operations, Dana thought that Sherman's mind was gradualas first projected, was such that the advance naturally fell to its lot; besides, he entered zealously into the plan from the first, while Sherman doubted and criticised, and McPherson, whom General Grant would really much prefer, is away at Lake Providence; and though I understand him to approve of the scheme, he has had no active part in it. It is to be noted that while the secretary made haste to thank Dana for his several despatches, he cautioned him in reply that he should carefully av