"I have received a letter from Sherman. he wants me to time my operations by his, which I think a good plan-- we will make a sure thing of it-- but the troops must be ready to strike at a moment's notice, and when the enemy least expects us.
"We will have the report spread that the troops are to cooperate with Sherman in the attack on Charleston.
"I hope Sherman will be allowed to carry out his plans-- he will have Wilmington in less than a month, and Charleston will fall like a ripe pear. I expect you understand all this better than I do.
"I have made arrangements to keep communication open with Sherman from the time he starts."