It gives me as much pleasure to record this in your favor as it would in favor of any living man, myself included.’
To this Sherman
replied, September 20: ‘In the meantime, know that I admire your dogged perseverance and pluck more than ever.’
There has been much learned discussion of the relative merits of McClellan
's, and other plans for the ‘capture of Richmond
,’ as if that was the object of the campaign.
In fact, though the capture of Richmond
at any time during the war would have produced some moral effect injurious to the rebellion and beneficial to the Union
in public opinion, it would have been a real injury to the Union
cause in a military sense, because it would have given us one more important place to garrison, and have increased the length of our line of supplies, always liable to be broken by the enemy's cavalry.
The worst form of operations in such a war is ‘territorial’ strategy, or that which aims at the capture and occupation of territory as a primary object.
The best is that which aims at the destruction or capture of the opposing armies as the first and only important object.
Grant at Donelson
, and in Virginia
best illustrated this kind of strategy.
was probably the chief of the ‘territorial’ strategists of our Civil War period.
In the winter of 1861– 1862 the counties of north Missouri
bordering on the Missouri River
were infested with guerrillas.
, with a force of all arms amounting to a considerable army, to ‘clear them out.’
marched in triumph from one end of that tier of counties to the other, and Halleck
then informed me with evident satisfaction that north Missouri
was cleared of rebels, and that the war was ended in that part of the State
In fact, the guerrillas, ‘flushed’ like a flock of quail by Pope
's advance-guard, had taken to the bush until the rear-guard had