Grant, Ulysses S. (Ulysses Simpson) (1822-1885) to Edwin M. Stanton
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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC08971 Author/Creator: Grant, Ulysses S. (Ulysses Simpson) (1822-1885) Place Written: Hopewell, Virginia Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 7 December 1864 Pagination: 1 p. ; 26.5 x 20 cm.
Grant suggest that if George Thomas will not attack Nashville, he may have to be replaced in command by John Schoefield. "You probably saw my order to Thomas to attack: If he does not do it promptly I want to recommend superceeding him by Schofield." Grant also suggests a separate promotion for Frederick Steele. Grant had been urging Thomas to attack Nashville for some time, and on December 6th had finally sent a direct order for Thomas to attack. On December 9th Thomas had still not moved, and Grant ordered him removed from command. However, the order is suspended by Grant's superiors when Thomas says he will attack as soon as the ice and weather permits. Grant continues his plans to replace Thomas. But December 15th Thomas finally attacks Nashville and wins a decisive Union victory. Mounted on cardboard 32.5 x 22 cm.
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