When he arrived there the next evening, as soon as the steamboat touched the wharf a despatch of the night before was shown him from Thomas to Halleck, saying that the enemy would be attacked in the morning; and also a telegram of the 15th from Van Duzer, a superintendent of the military telegraph-lines, announcing that Thomas had attacked the enemy early that morning, driving him back at all points.
This was an incalculable relief to the general, and lifted a heavy load from his mind.
He at once telegraphed Thomas: I was just on my way to Nashville, but receiving a despatch from Van Duzer detailing your splendid success of to-day, I shall go no farther.
Push the enemy now, and give him no rest until he is entirely destroyed.
Your army will cheerfully suffer many privations to break up Hood's army and render it useless for future operations.
Do not stop for trains or supplies, but take them from the country, as the enemy has done.
Much is now expected.
The general had scarc