I messed up starting this thread. It seems I didn't express myself well. My apologies.
No, you kicked off an interesting thread. And you weren't exactly making an assertion yourself about how Sherman wanted reporting to be done, rather:
>> Here is the problem: The Union got their butts kicked. Sherman would not allow a loss to be reported. Sherman's instructions were to report a loss as "a heavy demonstration". That was a code phrase, according to Perry Bennett, who I met with recently. <<
You were quoting someone with expertise around this particular engagement. It might be a debatable idea, but it's all right to bring it up for discussion.