CHATTANOOGA, May 4, 1864.
. . . We are now moving. Thomas's whole army is at Ringgold, Schofield is on his left near Red Clay, and McPherson is here and moves out to-morrow. I will go to Ringgold to-morrow and will then be within five miles of the enemy. We may have some of the desperate fighting of the war, but it cannot be avoided, deferred or modified. I will as heretofore do my best and trust to the troops. All my dispositions thus far are good. . . .
SOURCES: M. A. DeWolfe Howe, Editor, Home Letters of General Sherman, p. 289-90. A full copy of this letter can be found in the William T Sherman Family papers (SHR), University of Notre Dame Archives (UNDA), Notre Dame, IN 46556, Folder CSHR 2/14