Sherman: “I had already ordered … that Grierson should follow and attack Forrest, no matter what the odds”

I received the following reply from Gen. Sherman concerning Forrest’s raid.

SCOTTSBOROUGH, March 27, 1864.

Lieutenant-General GRANT:

Your dispatch received. I had already ordered Veatch with five regiments, who was at Paducah last night, to hurry up the Tennessee and strike inland to intercept Forrest; also that Grierson should follow and attack Forrest, no matter what the odds.

I have with McPherson been examining our bridges at Decatur and Larkin’s. To-night I go to Chattanooga and to-morrow to Knoxville. I will be at Nashville in three days with a full knowledge of all matters pertaining to this army.

W. T. SHERMAN,

Major-General.

 

The Papers of Ulysses S Grant, Vol 10, p 229

O.R., I, xxxii, part 3, p 165

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