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been more decisive.
But we were already so far from home, and would be compelled to accept battle whenever offered, with the Chattahoochee to our rear, that it became imperative for me to take all prudential measures the case admitted of, and I therefore determined to pass the river above the railroad-bridge — McPherson on the left, Schofield in the centre, and Thomas on the right.
On the 13th I reported to General Halleck as follows:
All is well.
I have now accumulated stores at Allatoona and Marietta, both fortified and garrisoned points.
Have also three places at which to cross the Chattahoochee in our possession, and only await General Stoneman's return from a trip down the river, to cross the army in force and move on Atlanta.
Stoneman is now out two days, and hod orders to be back on the fourth or fifth day at furthest.
From the 10th to the 15th we were all busy in strengthening the several points for the proposed passage of the Chattahoochee, in increasing the