he whole object and aim of war to get the enemy.
In a word, it was to hazard every thing, for if failure came, it was sure to be overwhelming; only the most complete and speedy victory could insure him against absolute annihilation.
These considerations were urged upon Grant by the most accomplished soldiers of his command; those who have since acquired reputations of the most brilliant character, strove to divert their chief from what they considered this fatal error.
Sherman, McPherson, Logan, Wilson, all opposed—all of course within the proper limits of soldierly subordination, but all with energy.
Even after the orders for the movement had been issued, Sherman rode up to Grant's headquarters, and proposed his plan.
He asserted, emphatically, that the only way to take Vicksburg was from the north, selecting some high ground on the Mississippi for a base.
Grant replied that such a plan would require him to go back to Memphis.
Exactly so, said Sherman, that is what I mean; a