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1 When Sherman originally proposed to move to the sea, leaving Hood in his rear, Grant, it will be remembered, at once declared that Hood should be first destroyed. It was then that he said: ‘With Wilson turned loose with all your cavalry, you will find the rebels put much more on the defensive than hitherto.’ This is the only mention of Wilson's name in Grant's despatches for weeks, and it is to this doubtless that Thomas refers; but this despatch was dated 11 A. M. on the 11th of October, and Thomas had forgotten, or perhaps never knew, that at 11.30 P. M. the same night, Grant reconsidered his decision, and authorized the march to the sea.
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