t General Thomas even inquired what force was available at Chattanooga until November 25, when, in reply to a telegram, he learned that Steedman could raise 5000 men enemy in rear, in case he should get on Chattanooga railroad.
It may then (November 25) have been too late to send those 5000 or 7000 men to the line of Duck River being left at Chattanooga to threaten enemy in rear.
Thomas to Steedman, November 25: War Records, Vol.
XLV, part i, p.1050. As suggested in my despatch of Noveg me to believe that Hood intended to cross Duck River above Columbia.
On November 25 General Thomas telegraphed me, in the following terms, his approval of the d
On November 27 I received an important despatch from General Thomas, dated November 25.
It was written under the apprehension that Hood's design might be to move .
I believe your dispositions are wise.
It appears from his despatch of November 25 that Thomas hoped we might be able to hold the line of Duck River from Colum