Meridian: Missing Telegraph?
- On January 24th, 1864 Sherman telegraphed Halleck that the ball was
rolling on the Meridian Campaign, and hinted that he considered Selma a
possible secondary objective. He left the question open, however, by
asking Halleck to telegraph him to let him know if he thought Selma was
No recorded response exists, that I know of. However, Sherman wrote
Grant later that day to let him know that the ball was in motion on the
Meridian Campaign, and did not mention any location beyond Meridian as
a secondary objective. No subsequent correspondence from Sherman seems
to indicate that he had any secondary objective in mind beyond
Meridian. It seems likely that Halleck wired him back that he felt
that Selma was too far for Sherman to venture and return in time for
the spring offensives against Shreveport/Atlanta/Mobile.