October 31, 1864: What supplies can’t be got we must do without.

Official Records 79:530
Sherman's men in a Confederate fort near Atlanta

Sherman and his quartermaster discuss the logistics of the simultaneous movement of the Army of the Ohio and of surplus supplies north to Nashville. Sherman says to move the troops.


ATLANTA, October 31, 1864.
Major-General SHERMAN:

Your dispatch received. It will take more than one-half the available cars between here and Chattanooga to move the Twenty- THIRD Corps. The removal of stores to the rear will have to stop in a great measures. The railroad has been open but two days. Much has been done, but there is still more to do than can be done in seven days, with the usual rate of accidents. If the Twenty-THIRD Corps move by cars it will take eleven days to complete everything. We still require some hundreds of cars of stores to complete your supplies and outfit. Under the circumstances, shall cars be sent at once to move the Twenty-THIRD Corps? Answer.

L. C. EASTON.
A. BECKWITH.

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HDQRS. MILITARY DIVISION OF THE MISSISSIPPI,
In the Field, Rome, Ga., October 31, 1864.
General EASTON,
Chief Quartermaster, Atlanta, Ga.:

Your telegram received. All must move in four or five days. What supplies can’t be got we must do without, and what material can’t be moved will be destroyed. Cars should be sent General Schofield from the north. Will draw clothing at Atlanta.

W. T. SHERMAN,
Major-General.

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