November 9, 1864: Sherman in the papers, and some tough orders

Sherman in Atlanta, 1864

Charles Dana sends Sherman a little note indicating that the northern press is publishing his plans. Knowing how much Sherman loves the press anyway, this can’t be good.

Official Records 79:711


WAR DEPARTMENT,
Washington, November 9, 1864.
Major-General SHERMAN,
Kingston, Ga. ;

Following, copied from evening papers, is sent for your information:
CINCINNATI, November 9, 1864.

Yesterday’s Indianapolis Journal says: Officers from Chattanooga report that Sherman returned to Atlanta early last week with five corps of his army, leaving two corps in Tennessee to watch Hood. He destroyed the railroad from Chattanooga to Atlanta, and is sending the iron into the former place. Atlanta was burned, and Sherman is now marching directly for Charleston, S. C.

C. A. DANA,
Assistant Secretary of War.

Meanwhile, Sherman is cutting the cord with Chattanooga. Anything left behind will be destroyed rather than left for the enemy, and if the sick can’t walk back to Chattanooga, they’ll have to be captured.


HDQRS. MILITARY DIVISION OF THE MISSISSIPPI,
In the Field, Kingston, Ga., November 9, 1864.
General EASTON,
Atlanta, Ga.:

You may order to Atlanta all cars now coming down the road, and such as Colonel Beckwith needs for extra provisions. If these suffice for the arms and ammunition ship them back, but it is not safe to calculate on any more cars. It is now raining hard, and when it clears away we must be off.

W. T. SHERMAN,
Major-General.

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HDQRS. MILITARY DIVISION OF THE MISSISSIPPI,
In the Field, Kingston, Ga., November 9, 1864.
General EASTON,
Atlanta, Ga.:

If the rains clear away I will not delay for any cause, but you can use cars that come to the best advantage. If we have cars we will ship the arms; if not, we will destroy them; but I will delay for nothing when the time comes; same of the sick. The doctors have had plenty of notice, and if we were to wait a month it would be the same thing. The sick must march or fall into the hands of the enemy.

W. T. SHERMAN,
Major-General.

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