especially as showing that Sherman
expected the two corps to be increased to 50,000 men, and that Thomas
should command in person:
On the same day Thomas
telegraphed to Sherman
in reply to the above:
It is, and always has been, my intention to command the troops with me in person.
My object in giving the preference to General Schofield lover Stanley] was merely that he should exercise command should accidental circumstances prevent my presence.2
were equally right—Sherman in saying, ‘It will be better for you to command in person.
Your presence alone will give confidence’; and Thomas
in replying, ‘It is, and always has been, my intention to command the troops with me in person.’
The proper place for a general-in-chief is with his army in the field, where battles are to be fought, and not in the rear, where there is little to do but to assemble reinforcements, which his chief of staff could do as well as he. Thomas
could have reached the army at Columbia
by rail in two