- By Thomas E. RicksThomas E. Ricks covered the U.S. military for the Washington Post from 2000 through 2008. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
More Sherman stuff to continue our celebration of Confederate Defeat Month:
A bulky staff implies a division of responsibility, slowness of action, and indecision, whereas a small staff implies activity and concentration of purpose. The smallness of General Grant’s staff throughout the civil war forms the best model for future imitation.
In addition, staffs should not live better than the troops. "Officers should never seek for houses, but share the condition of their men."