New York, East
12 May 1999
SHERMAN, WILLIAM TECUMSEH, Lt. General. Autograph letter signed to General John Eugene Smith, Head Quarters, Army of Tennessee, 27 October 1863. 2 pages with integral blank, 4to, slight staining. A forceful letter relating to the concentration of Union forces for the Chattanooga campaign: "That you may act understandingly I now advise you that at this moment Gen'l Ewing's command is moving via Eastport, between Guardly Springs to Florence. There are five gunboats now at Eastport and more coming with Transports, etc....I will have the three Divisions now in front of Bear Creek move on to Tuscambia etc. Otherwise I will move you all by the left flank to Chickasaw & cross you to Waterloo etc. Genl' Blair's command will be at Chickasaw I expect tomorrow. Will take the command of the 15th Corps of which your division must of necessity supply the plan of the 3rd till some future chance enables us to make the change without too much cost to the Gen'l...."
Smith continued with Sherman into the Atlanta Campaign, the subsequent March to the Sea, and the Carolinas Campaign.
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