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 Posted: Fri Dec 21st, 2007 03:24 pm
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What I read, and I'm trying to remember where, Grant later said if Sherman had come up to Petersburg the war would have ended 3 months earlier. Does any else remember where I could have read it?

Don't recall ever reading a Grant statement to that effect -- maybe in the memoirs?

Grant did want Sherman with him at Petersburg, and if Sherman could have gotten there the war would most certainly have ended earlier. Grant wanted to assemble a fleet for ocean transport to City Point, but sufficient ships were simply not available. With that simple situation, plus a few other complications, Sherman was able to persuade Grant that he could get there just as quickly by marching across the Carolinas -- meanwhile accomplishing further debilitating work in those states.

Also telling about the man was his post war years and his take on the Native American question.

"His take" was the position of the government upon demand of the thousands heading west -- many of whom were southern.


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