Monday, March 21, 1864

Cincinnati, Ohio

General Grant and I continued our discussion until he had to leave for the East. Amidst constant interruptions of a business and social nature we reached the satisfactory conclusion that as soon as the season will permit, all the armies of the Union will assume the bold offensive by concentric lines on the common enemy, and will finish up the job in a single campaign if possible. The main objectives are Lee’s Army behind the Rapidan in Virginia, and Joseph E. Johnston’s Army at Dalton, Georgia. Johnston’s army is our work, in a nut-shell. Substantially, take a bold offensive. Beat Johnston. Get into the interior. Inflict damage, and keep our enemy so busy that he cannot reinforce elsewhere.

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