len, he proposed that he and Canby should each be reinforced by fifty thousand men; that Canby should move to Montgomery, and he himself towards the same point, and, then forming a junction, they should open the line to the Gulf of Mexico.
On the 10th, he said to Canby: We must have the Alabama river now. . . . My line is so long now that it is impossible to protect it against cavalry raids; but if we can get Montgomery, and Columbus, Georgia, as bases, in connection with Atlanta, we have Georutter destruction of its roads, houses, and people will cripple their military resources.
By attempting to hold the roads we will lose one thousand men monthly, and will gain no result.
I can make the march and make Georgia howl. . . .
On the 10th, he learned that Hood had crossed the Coosa river, between Rome and the railroad.
He was compelled again to follow, but on the way he telegraphed to Grant: Hood is now crossing the Coosa, twelve miles below Rome—bound west.
If he passes over to