Re: Thomas and Duplicity
- Mr. Jewell:
You write that, "Sherman fully intended, and never hid the fact, for
Thomas to handle the case." No! Sherman told Thomas the case was
his, "If you request it." That's a strange way to show one's fulll
intentions. Just because Sherman reneged on what he wrote to
Thomas later doesn't mean that he fully intended this from the first.
You wrote: "His use of the phrase "If you request it", while clumsy
and ambiguous, obviously is intended to inform Thomas that he could
accept or decline the case." No! "If you request it" is not at all
ambiguous. It is very clear cut: Thomas could request it, but he
didn't have to. Thomas DIDN'T request it.
By not requesting it, Thomas precluded any blame for himself.
Sherman could certainly change his mind and order Thomas to take the
case, but Thomas is well within his rights to wonder why Sherman
changed his mind.
You wrote: "Thomas strongly endorsed Sherman's plan and did NOT
refuse the assignment." Your supposition that Thomas *strongly
endorsed* this is completely without foundation. This supposition
also contradicts your statements: "Thomas chose to reply to one
ambiguous message with an even more ambiguous message," and "Sherman
read Thomas's message as tacit approval of and request for the
assignment and acted accordingly." I don't even think that you can
call Thomas' response a "tacit approval," much less a strong
Your initial accusations against Thomas concerned disingenuousness
and even duplicity; now you've tacked on another charge:
informing "another officer of your displeasure with an order from a
superior, without informing that superior of your displeasure is a
breach of military protocol." You can't charge Thomas with that on
the basis of his statement: "I do not know why General Sherman
should have ordered him to be sent to me for punishment, as I did
not know anything about him." It's nonsensical to think so.
- Mr. Weeks,
You recently mentioned not having an index to Sherman's memoirs,
IIRC, which makes me think that you or others might also not have a
digital copy of that work or of other useful books.
Would it be helpful, and would your website have the extra megabytes
(several MBs per book, roughly), for me to upload into your database
such texts as Sherman's, Grant's, and Sheridan's memoirs and Van
Horne's biography of Thomas? If so, once I return home, I would be
glad to do so.
I could put these in Word and/or .TXT formats.