to sit still, and let these influences work.
Here lies the seat of the coming empire; and from the West, when our task is done, we will make short work of Charleston and Richmond, and the impoverished coast of the Atlantic.
On the 29th of December, Sherman had written to Grant: In relation to the conversation we had in General Granger's office, the day before I left Nashville, I repeat, you occupy a position of more power than Halleck or the President.
There are similar instances in European history, but none in ours.
For the sake of future generations, risk nothing.
Let us risk—and when you strike, let it be as at Vicksburg and Chattanooga.
Your reputation as a general is now far above that of any man living, and partisans will manoeuvre for your influence; but, if you can escape them, as you have hitherto done, you will be more powerful for good than it is possible to measure.
You said that you were surprised at my assertion on this point, but I repeat that from what I ha