TO ELLEN EWING SHERMAN
Headquarters, Military Division of the Mississippi, On Board Steamer Russia at Sea
Sunday March 26, 1865
The Railroad was finished yesterday into Goldsboro and I came down to Newbern & Morehead City and am now in a fleet Blockade Runner on my way to meet General Grant at City Point to confer on some points when I shall forthwith go back to Goldsboro and get ready for another Campaign. There is no doubt we have got the Rebels in a tight place and must not let them have time to make new plans. They abandoned all their cities to get near Enough to Whip me but did not succeed. They may unite Johnston & Lee, when if they make the further mistake of holding on to Richmond, I can easily take Raleigh and the Roanoke, when Richmond will be of little use to them. If Lee lets go of Richmond the People of Virginia will give up.
I regard my two moves from Atlanta to Savannah & Savannah to Goldsboro as great blows as if we had fought a dozen successful Battles. At Bentonville Johnston attempted to prevent my making a junction with Schofield, but he failed and I drove him off the field with my own army without the help of a man from Schofield. Also got all my armies at Goldsboro the 21st of March only one day from the time appointed. I will now concoct with Grant another move. I have all the army I want and can take one hundred thousand if I want them.
I met Hugh at Newbern for a minute last night. He is ordered to report to Schofield. He told me Tom had resigned and Charley succeeded to his place. I brought only McCoy with me as I shall return to Goldsboro, after a few hours conference with Grant.
The ship is pitching a good deal, we are just off Hatteras, and I cannot write more.
Love to the children & believe me always yours,
W. T. Sherman