Tragic Years, 1860-1865: A Documentary History of the American Civil War - Vol. 2

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CHAPTER 31
“BOLD
OFFENSIVE”

IN MID-MARCH 1864 Grant had turned over to Sherman command of the Army of the Cumberland, the Army of the Tennessee, and the Army of the Ohio. Sherman met Grant in Cincinnati that month.

“Amidst constant interruptions of a Business and social nature, we reached the satisfactory conclusion that, as soon as the season would permit, all the armies of the Union would assume the ‘bold offensive’ by ‘concentric lines’ on the common enemy, and would finish up the job in a single campaign if possible. The main ‘objectives’ were Lee’s army behind the Rapidan in Virginia, and Joseph E. Johnston’s army at Dalton, Georgia.”


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Sherman made clear his enthusiasm for Grant and his plan of operations.1

,.. There never was and never can be raised a question of rivalry or claim between us as to the relative merits of the manner in which we played our respective parts. We were as brothers—I the older man in years, he the higher in rank. We both believed in our heart of hearts that the success of the Union cause was not only necessary to the then generation of Americans, but to all future generations. We both professed to be gentlemen and professional soldiers, educated in the science of war by our generous Government for the very occasion which

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • 1863 - Continued ix
  • Chapter 23 - Mississippi High Jinks- Vicksburg 563
  • Chapter 24 - Seesaw- Vicksbrg and Gettysburg 599
  • Chapter 25 - Fateful July 633
  • Chapter 26 - The Rock of Chickamauga 669
  • Chapter 27 - "The Year of the Proclamation" 703
  • Chapter 28 - The Depths of Suffering 722
  • 1864 751
  • Chapter 29 - "A Hideous Failure" 753
  • Chapter 30 - "Cries Arose of Grant!" 780
  • Chapter 31 - "Bold Offensive" 813
  • Chapter 32 - From Cherbourg Harbor to Peach Tree Creek 839
  • Chapter 33 - "War Is War" 868
  • Chapter 34 - The Best of Freedom 898
  • Chapter 35 - While All Georgia Howled 924
  • Chapter 36 - A Gift for Mr. Lincoln 949
  • 1865 971
  • Chapter 37 - A King’s Cure for All Evils 973
  • Chapter 38 - The Hard Hand of War 991
  • Chapter 39 - "An Affectionate Farewell" 1012
  • Chapter 40 - "Where I Left Off" 1043
  • Notes 1052
  • Index 1067
  • About the Authors 1098
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