Sherman, General Orders No. 8, Nashville, April 1864
William T. Sherman, 19 April 1864, Nashville: General Orders No. 8
Quote: " Provisions will no longer be issued to citizens at military posts south of nashville... "
Official Records, Series 1, Vol. 32, Part 3, 420 (Sherman, Gen. Ord. No. 8, 19 Apr. 1864), 420.
Comments about the order not to issue provisions.
Blake: Pictorial History, pg. 593
Partial Quote: " ... a single railroad could not feed the armies and the people too, ... "
William O. Blake, Pictorial History of the Great Rebellion, Vol. 2, (n.p.: Gilmore & Segner, 1866), 593.
From: Personal Recollections of President Abraham Lincoln, General Ulysses S. Grant and General William T. Sherman
Abraham Lincoln writes to General Sherman concerning Order No. 8
" I have an imploring appeal from the citizens, who say your order, No. 8, will compel them to go north to Nashville. This is in no sense an order, nor is it even a request that you will do anything which in the least shall be a drawback upon your military operations, but anything you can do consistently with the appeals of these suffering people I should be glad of."
Reply from Sherman, May 5, 1864:
"... the railroad cannot supply the army and the people, too--one of them must quit--and the army does not intend to unless Joe Johnston makes us.The issues to citizens have been enormous, and the same weight of corn and oats would have saved thousands of mules whose carcasses now corduroy the roads, and which we need so much in war. I will not change my order... "
Grenville Mellen Dodge, Personal Recollections of President Abraham Lincoln, General Ulysses S. Grant and General William T. Sherman, (Glendale: The Arthur H. Clark Company, 1914), ("Personal Recollections of Sherman."), 144.