Gen. Sherman Letter to Lincoln Concerning Conflict Between GA Gov. Brown and Confederate President Jefferson Davis

Lincoln Documents

Lincoln Documents

September 28, 1864

Atlanta Ga.

11.30 A m Sep. 28.

I have positive knowledge that Jeff Davis made a speech at Macon on the 22nd which I mailed to Gen. Halleck yesterday

It was bitter against Johnston & Govr Brown. The militia is on furlough. Brown is at Milledgeville trying to get a legislature to meet next month but he is afraid to act unless in concert with other Governors.

Judge Wright of Rome has been here and Messrs Hill and Nelson former members of our Congress are also here now and will go to meet Wright at Rome and then go back to Madison and Milledgeville. Great efforts are being made to re-enforce Hood’s army and to break up my Railroads, and I should have at once a good reserve force at Nashville.

It would have a bad effect if I were to be forced to send back any material part of my army to guard roads so as to weaken me to an extent that I could not act offensively if the occasion calls for it.

W. T. Sherman

Major General



From Abraham Lincoln Collection at the Library of Congress
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