d the Nashville pike, and if possible cut us off from our base at Nashville.
The conceptions in the minds of the two generals were almost ids creek it was said — that would preserve our communications with Nashville and offer better facilities for resistance than the one we were nttle-field of Stone River and ultimately compelled our retreat to Nashville.
In the night of December 31 several slight demonstrations we disaster saved us from ultimate defeat.
We had started out from Nashville on an offensive campaign, probably with no intention of going beyge of the ground, and he came near destroying us. Had he done so, Nashville would probably have fallen; at all events, Kentucky would have bered once more to the Ohio River.
As the case now stood, however, Nashville was firmly established as a base for future operations, Kentucky t have done so-the army of Rosecrans still might have got back to Nashville, but it would have been depleted and demoralized to such a degree