Monday, November 25, 2013

Major General William T. Sherman to Ellen Ewing Sherman, May 4, 1864

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

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