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William Tecumseh Sherman, Memoirs of General William T. Sherman ., volume 1, chapter 14 (search)
ar standard, claim that their advice was unheeded, and that fatal consequence resulted therefrom. My own opinions are-- First. That the Army of the Tennessee is now far in advance of the other grand armies of the United States. Second. That a corps from Missouri should forthwith be moved from St. Louis to the vicinity of Little Rock, Arkansas; supplies collected there while the river is full, and land communication with Memphis opened via Des Arc on the White, and Madison on the St. Francis River. Third. That as much of the Yazoo Pass, Coldwater, and Tallahatchie Rivers, as can be gained and fortified, be held, and the main army be transported thither by land and water; that the road back to Memphis be secured and reopened, and, as soon as the waters subside, Grenada be attacked, and the swamp-road across to Helena be patrolled by cavalry. Fourth. That the line of the Yalabusha be the base from which to operate against the points where the Mississippi Central crosses Big