January 6, 1865
Headquarters, Military Division of the Mississippi,
In the Field. Savannah Jan 6 1865
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
W. T. Sherman
From the Abraham Lincoln Collection at the Library of Congress
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