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Meridian: Missing Telegraph?

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  • Tony Gunter
    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
    Message 1 of 1 , Aug 17, 2006
      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
      too far.

      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.
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