“I will try to keep Lee from sending any force to Johnston. If he does, I will send you two men where he sends one.”

I am traveling back to Washington, and have asked Sherman and Grenville Dodge to accompany me, at least as far as Cincinnati, to discuss the upcoming campaign.  I said that my plan is to have every army move against the enemy simultaneously to prevent the rebel armies from reinforcing each other.  I told Sherman that my objective was Lee’s army and his objective would be Johnston’s army.  I told him, “I will try to keep Lee from sending any force to Johnston.  If he does, I will send you two men where he sends one.”

Grant Takes Command, Bruce Catton, p 138

Speech of General Grenville Dodge before the Society of the Army of the Potomac in 1898

 

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