hat of enabling the two armies to act as an unit, would be removed. * * * *
The same objection will exist probably not to so great an extent, however, if the movement is made in more than one column.
This will have to be with an army of the size we will be obliged to use.
Heretofore I have refrained from suggesting what might be done in other commands than my own, in cooperation with it, or even to think much over the matter.
But, as you have kindly asked me in your letter of the 8th of January, only just received, for an interchange of views on our present situation, I will write you again in a day or two, going outside of my own operations. U. S. Grant, Major-General.
Afterward, when General Grant was made Lieutenant-General and ordered East, turning over his command at Nashville to General Sherman, he sent the latter a copy of the above letter for his guidance.
Four days after thus unfolding his plan for the Atanta and Gulf campaign to General Halleck, and while G