Gen. Sherman Letter to Abraham Lincoln Concerning Next Moves

Lincoln Documents

Lincoln Documents

January 6, 1865

Headquarters, Military Division of the Mississippi,

In the Field. Savannah Jan 6 1865

Dear Sir,

I am gratified at the receipt of your letter of Dec 26, at the hand of General Logan,2¬†especially to observe that you appreciate the division I made of my Army, and that each part was duly proportioned to its work. The motto, “Nothing venture nothing win” which you refer to is most appropriate, and should I venture too much and happen to lose I shall bespeak your charitable [inference?]. I am ready for the Great Next as soon as I can complete certain preliminaries, and learn of Genl Grant his and your preference of intermediate “objectives”.

With great respect

Your Servant

W. T. Sherman

Maj Genl.


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