He had forgotten that he had met me in the road; that he had invited me to ride with him to see General Johnston, or that I was at the conference.
Said he Only learned I was at the conference from Johnston's narrative, etc.
I answered his letter from New York, where I then was, from recollection, without reference to my diary.
I have both his letter and my answer.
General Hood and I had talked this matter over, at length, at the Alleghany Springs, Va., in the summer of 1872, differing, however, about not remaining at Cassville and the defensive strength of the lines.
Eighth—Without endeavoring to recall to mind pictures of scenes through the mist of thirty years in the past, or revive recollections of words used in the long, long ago, I will refer to my diary, and what was written day by day therein.
After we had formed line of battle east of Cassville, and manoeuvered with Hood with a view to attack the enemy, our troops began, in the afternoon, to fall b