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e made for a combined attack on Sheridan. A plan of battle was actually arranged. But Sheridan had been already warned: for Grant's opportune despatch of the 12th had arrived, announcing the addition to the enemy's force; See Vol. II., pp. 507 and 510. The receipt of this despatch was very important to me, as I possibly would have remained in uncertainty as to the character of the force coming in on my flank and rear, until it attacked the cavalry.—Sheridan's Official Report. and on the 17th, when the two rebel columns advanced, the national troops had retired. Sheridan fell back as far as Berryville, and the enemy's forces were united at Winchester, only five miles off. At this time, if ever, the rebels should have pressed Sheridan across the Potomac, or crossing the river themselves, have either compelled him to follow, or forced Grant to despatch still further reinforcements from the James. The strength of Early and Anderson combined was at least equal to that of Sherida
artillery was now brought up and opened fire, and Getty fell back to the north of Middletown, where he again made a stand. Custer and Merritt were at this time transferred to the left of the line, to protect the road to Winchester, which Lomax had not seized; and a general retreat was ordered. The condition of the troops was still deplorable, and the whole army fell back to a point six or seven miles in rear of its first position in the morning. Sheridan had arrived at Washington on the 17th, and at noon the next day he set out to return. On the 18th, he slept at Winchester, twenty miles from his command. At an early hour on the 19th, an officer on picket reported artillery firing, but a reconnoissance had been ordered for that morning, and no attention was paid to the news. At nine o'clock Sheridan rode out of Winchester, still unconscious of the danger of his army. But the sounds of heavy battle soon became unmistakable; and half a mile from the town the head of the fugitiv
irst positive fact that Hood contemplates an invasion of Tennessee. Invite him to do so. Send him a free pass in. On the 17th: We must follow Hood till he is beyond reach of mischief, and then resume the offensive. The same day he said to Thomas: oss Georgia.—Sherman's Memoirs, Vol. II., page 156. Sherman was at Ship's Gap on the 16th and 17th of October. On the 17th, Grant said to Sherman: The moment I know you have started south, stores will be shipped to Hilton Head, where there are t I would order back to Chattanooga everything the other side of Kingston. Thomas, however, disliked the project. On the 17th, he said, I hope you will adopt Grant's idea of turning Wilson loose, When Sherman originally proposed to move to the sinforce Knoxville. On the 16th, he telegraphed: Ammen reported that he had sent reinforcements to General Gillem. On the 17th: I heard from Steedman this morning that he was preparing last night to reinforce Knoxville, in accordance with my directi
irst break in front of Smith, there was no severe fighting. It was no longer a battle, but a rout. At daylight on the 17th, the pursuit was resumed. The Fourth corps pushed on by the direct Franklin road, and the cavalry moved by the Granny Whier from the river banks; the cavalry then took possession of Franklin, capturing two thousand wounded. On the night of the 17th, the rebels encamped at Spring Hill, and on the 18th, Hood continued his retreat across the Duck river, to Columbia. Onreality, a weakness, for one man out of four was detained at the rear to hold them. It was of great use as cavalry on the 17th, undoubtedly; acting with boldness and inflicting serious injury; and it certainly hastened the flight of the rebel army: but this, too, could have been accomplished a fortnight earlier; for on the 17th, Forrest had not arrived from Murfreesboroa, and there was only Chalmer's cavalry to oppose, not two thousand strong. Three days were lost at Duck river, and that time
d that no troops out of his own department could be sent to him. Richard Taylor, at Selma, however, was ordered to call on the governors of Alabama and Mississippi for all the state troops they could furnish, and to keep himself in readiness to move at a moment's notice, with all his available force; while Wheeler, with thirteen brigades of cavalry, See note to page 299. was instructed to watch the national movements closely, and attack and harass Sherman at all favorable points. On the 17th, Cobb announced from Macon: We are falling back rapidly to this place. We are too weak to resist them, unless reinforced promptly. The prisoners should be removed from this place. The same day Hardee was sent from the sea-coast, and directed to concentrate detachments from garrisons, convalescents from hospitals, reserves, militia, and volunteers. On the 18th, the governor of Georgia telegraphed to Jefferson Davis: A heavy force of the enemy is advancing upon Macon, laying waste the count
the enemy from Sherman's front. A dispatch from Sherman had now been received by Admiral Dahlgren, off the coast, and forwarded to the general-in-chief; and on the 19th, Grant communicated the contents to Schofield: Sherman, he wrote, was encountering bad roads and much water, and was not certain but those causes would force him to turn upon Charleston. In that case, he would want his supplies sent to Bull's bay. Richmond papers of yesterday, however, announce the capture of Columbia on the 17th. As he was then across the Congaree, it is not likely he will turn back. This success will probably force the evacuation of Charleston. In that case, Gillmore [who had superseded Foster in South Carolina] Foster was relieved solely because of physical incapacity, resulting from an old wound. We want a man, said Grant, who is not confined to his quarters. will have a disposable force of ten or twelve thousand men, which I have directed him to send to you. Should you find an advance on Wi