October 1, 1864: Sherman has an idea.


Sherman writes to Grant. Hood seems likely to be heading north to threaten Tennessee. Here’s a thought: let Hood go to Tennessee, where Thomas has already been detached, and in the meantime, Sherman can march across Georgia. To someplace on the seacoast.

ATLANTA, October 1, 1864- 1 p. m.

(Received 7 p. m.)

Lieutenant-General GRANT, City Point:

Hood is evidently on the WEST side of Chattahoochee below Sweet Water. If he tries to get on my road this side of the Etowah I shall attack him, but if he goes over to the Selma and Talladega road why would it not do for me to leave Tennessee to the force which Thomas has and the reserves soon to come to Nashville, and for me to destroy Atlanta, and then march across Georgia to Savannah or Charleston, breaking roads and doing irreparable damage? We cannot remain on the defensive.



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