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Chapter 33:

  • Sherman's campaign in Georgia the important correspondent of Grant's in Virginia.
  • -- the “on to Richmond,” and the “on to Atlanta,” the two important movements of 1864. -- Sherman's demand of numbers. -- Gen. Joseph E. Johnston's command. -- he proposes an offensive movement. -- is balked by Bragg at Richmond. -- statement of Johnston's forces on 1st May. -- Johnston's policy of retreat. -- he proposes to fight at Cassville; but is overruled by Hood and Hardee. -- he crosses the Etowah. -- engagement at New hope Church. -- battle of Kenesaw Mountain. -- Sherman's ghastly experiment. -- he resorts to maneuvering. -- Johnston retires to Atlanta -- the situation around Atlanta. -- defeat of Sturgis' column in North Mississippi. -- Johnston master of the situation. -- wonderful success of his retreat. -- he holds Sherman suspended for destruction. -- naval fight in Mobile Bay. -- a match of 212 guns against 22. -- how the gunboats Selma and Morgan fought the enemy. -- gallant fight of the iron-clad Tennessee. -- surrender of the forts in the harbour. -- little value of Farragut's conquest. -- excessive laudation of him in the North. -- sinking of the Confederate privateer Alabama. -- review of the result of the privateering service of the Confederates. -- a glance at British “neutrality.” -- how Earl Russell was bullied by the Washington Government. -- the story of the Lairds' rams. -- cruise of the Alabama. -- why she fought the Kearsarge off the French coast. -- Capt. Semmes' motives for a naval duel. -- the Alabama sinking. -- the Federal vessel sends no relief. -- Mr. Seward's little remark about “pirates.” -- discovery of concealed armour on the Kearsarge. -- how the Richmond editors would have treated Capt. Winslow. -- a curious anecdote of Admiral Farragut. -- capture of the privateer Florida. -- the exploit of Napoleon Collins in a neutral port. -- he attempts to sink and then steals the Confederate vessel. -- the New York Herald and “the pages of history.” -- invasion of Missouri by Gen. Price. -- how and why it failed. -- the Trans-Mississippi sunk out of sight in the war

The important correspondent of Grant's campaign in Virginia was that of Sherman in Georgia; the great military effort of 1864 being resolved into two important movements: the “On-to-richmond,” and the “On-to-atlanta.” These grand movements were on different sides of the Alleghany mountains; a thousand miles of distance intervened between them; but both concurred in the design of attempting deep operations in the South, and reaching what were deemed vital points of the Confederacy.

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