ensuing spring, the general features of which he telegraphed me, asking my opinion.
His proposition seemed to show so different an appreciation from my own of the actual state of the war and of the demands of the country upon its army at that momentous crisis, and views so different from mine in respect to the strategic principles that should govern future operations, that I wrote to General Grant
and General Sherman
, giving them briefly my views upon the subject, and requesting an order to join them on the Atlantic coast
, to aid in terminating the rebellion.
My letter to General Grant
was promptly followed by a telegram to General Thomas
directing him to send me east with the Twenty-third Corps, which enabled me to participate in the closing campaign of the war.
The following are the letters, above referred to, to Grant
, whose appreciation of the views therein expressed is sufficiently shown by the published history of subsequent operations, and the orders sent to Thomas
by General Grant
and the War Department during that time: