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but to act against the communications of Hood and Beauregard. Two expeditions were accordingly organized for this purpose, one to start from Vicksburg and the other from Baton Rouge. As large a force as can be sent, said Grant, ought to go to Meridian or Selma. . . The road from Jackson should be well broken, and as much damage as possible done to the Mobile and Ohio. At the same time, Foster, in South Carolina, was directed to send a force to destroy the railroad in Sherman's front, betweene Memphis and Charleston road, along which the points of importance are Chattanooga, Stevenson, Huntsville, Decatur, Tuscumbia, and Corinth; the last-named place being at the junction with the road leading into Mississippi and Alabama, by way of Meridian and Selma. The Tennessee river runs west from Chattanooga, and south of the railroad, nearly to Corinth; but at Eastport it turns to the north, and passing by Pittsburg landing, Johnsonville, Fort Henry, and Paducah, empties at last into the Oh
5th. The line is more defensible for General Canby's troops than the other. 6th. Montgomery, Selma, and Mobile are, in a military point of view, more important than Augusta, Millen, and Savannah. 7th. Mobile can be more easily captured than Savannah. 8th. This line will bring within our control a more valuable and important section of country than that by the Savannah. There is a section of country, from fifty to one hundred and fifty miles wide, extending from Selma west to Meridian, and thence north on both sides of the Tombigbee to Columbus, Aberdeen, and Okalona, more rich in agricultural products than any equal extent of country in the Confederacy. Slave labor has been but very little disturbed in this section, and the large crops of this year are being collected at Demopolis, Selma, Montgomery, and other points for the use of the rebel army. By moving on that line they will be converted to our use or be destroyed; by moving on Augusta they will be left for the
600. Memphis, covered by Columbus, i., 22; covered by Corinth 67; Grant's headquarters after fall of Corinth, 106. Meridian, Sherman's expedition against, i., 552-560. Merritt, General, Wesley, in Valley of Virginia, III., 95, 98, 412; at ba69; battle of Chattanooga, 476-505; movements after battle of Chattanooga, 516; movement to Knoxville of, 533, 543, 547; Meridian expedition, 552-560; letter to Grant on lieutenant-generalcy, 573; in command of Military Division of the Mississippi, I allowed leave of absence for indefinite period, 465; refused a command by Grant, III., 389. Smith, General, W. Sooy, Meridian expedition, 556-559. South Carolina, retributive justice to, III., 424. South, war begun by the, i., 3; devotion a; determination at Chattanooga, 441; magnanimity of, 443; battle of Chattanooga, 463-477; movement to support Sherman in Meridian raid, 554, 562; in command of army of the Cumberland, under Sherman, II., 533; campaign against Atlanta, 534-540, 542-54