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, a new regiment organized in accord with an Act of Congress, in 1855, and commanded by Colonel Albert Sidney Johnston, with R. E. Lee as Lieutenant Colonel, George H. Thomas and W. J. Hardee as Majors. Lieutenant Philip Sheridan relieved me, and I returned to San Francisco en route to Jefferson Barracks, Missouri, the rendezvousort Belknap, Texas, which place we reached about the middle of December. Shortly afterward, Camp Cooper was established on the Clear Fork of the Brazos. Major George H. Thomas was placed in command till the arrival of Lieutenant Colonel R. E. Lee, to whom I had become very much attached at West Point where he was Superintendent n command until sent to Utah. Although stationed with him but a short time, I became deeply impressed by the exalted character of this extraordinary man. Major George H. Thomas succeeded in authority; it was during my service as his Acting Adjutant that he specially won my high regard by his manliness and dignity. After the la
ce the outbreak of the war. On the evening of my arrival at Dalton, on or about the 4th of February, I repaired to General Johnston's headquarters, and reported to him for duty. During our interview, in his room alone, he informed me that General Thomas was moving forward, and he thought it might be best for us to fall back and take up some position in rear of Dalton. I at once told him that I knew nothing of the situation or of the object of General Thomas's move from Ringgold, but that weGeneral Thomas's move from Ringgold, but that we could, at least, hold our position a sufficient length of time to cornpel the enemy to develop his plan. The Federals, in a few days, fell back to Ringgold, having merely made a feint, in order to cover some movement then being made in Mississippi. This was my introduction to the Army of Tennessee; albeit not calculated to inspire or encourage military ardor,--since it was proposed to retreat even before the enemy became in earnest — I nevertheless laid before General Johnston the plan to j
fter our inglorious campaign, the abandonment of the mountain fastnesses, and the foreshadowed intention of our commander to fall back to Macon? I shall now glance at his two plans for the defence of Atlanta, one of which was to insure the security of that city forever. By his first plan, he hoped to attack the enemy as they crossed Peach Tree creek. Within thirty-six hours, almost before he had time to select quarters in Macon after his departure on the evening of the 18th of July, General Thomas was crossing Peach Tree creek, whilst McPherson and Schofield were moving to destroy the railroad to Augusta. General Johnston evidently had little faith in this plan, since he was unwilling to await thirty-six hours to test its feasibility. By his second, and, far more promising plan, as he designates it, he intended to man the works of Atlanta, on the side towards Peach Tree creek, with the Georgia State troops; and. upon the approach of the enemy, to attack with the three corps of
all the Armies moved on a general right wheel, Thomas to Buckhead, forming line of battle facing Peaered Atlanta. I was informed on the 19th that Thomas was building bridges across Peach Tree creek; as follows: The Army of the Cumberland, under Thomas, was in the act of crossing Peach Tree creek. the right entrenched. My object was to crush Thomas's Army before he could fortify himself, and thseparate Thomas's Army from the forces on his (Thomas's) left. Thus I should be able to throw two cde fire of batteries placed in position by General Thomas. The following extracts from the reportColonel Howard's house and the distillery; and Thomas was crossing Peach Tree in line of battle, buon as deployed. There was quite a gap between Thomas and Schofield, which I endeavored to close by soon after noon heard heavy firing in front of Thomas's right, which lasted an hour or so, and then , and fought in many places hand to hand. General Thomas happened to be near the rear of Newton's D[9 more...]
fy, in a measure, his strange blunder in separating Thomas so far from Schofield and McPherson. Sherman evidel. II, page 7.2. There was quite a gap between Thomas and Schofield, which 1 endeavored to close by drawin-Atlanta campaign. The rap of warning received by Thomas, on Peach Tree creek, must have induced the Federal; Schofield and McPherson were still separated from Thomas, and at such distance as to compel them to make a dted not only to occupy and keep a strict watch upon Thomas, in order to prevent him from giving aid to Schofiepet, Peach Tree line, to the front of Schofield and Thomas, abandoned, and our lines were advanced rapidly clold was dressing forward his lines, and I could hear Thomas further to the right engaged, when General McPherso it. Our troops there were under the command of General Thomas, who had about fifty thousand (50,000) men. Ourance of the Army. This, however, is not likely, as Thomas's command and Schofield's together, made a much lar
ld upon the Augusta road was ably conceived and executed. Thomas, however, should not have formed line of battle along the ut marching out of Atlanta, and exposing our left flank to Thomas. I would have been compelled to abide quietly the destrucave marched by the right flank down Peach Tree, in rear of Thomas's line, until their right rested on the Chattahoochee, andsy and rapid passage of his troops; have sent two corps of Thomas's Army across and down the Chattahoochee, on the northwestn advance to allow full space for the massing of the Army, Thomas should have left the division in the tete-de-pont protectehis stream, to make demonstrations against the city whilst Thomas pushed forward in the direction of East Point — changing fy had done upon Decatur and the Augusta road, to deploy on Thomas's right along the south bank of South river and east side mediately after the destruction of the Augusta road, threw Thomas across Peach Tree creek, into the cul de sac aforementione
strong and powerful; or he would have ordered Thomas into Tennessee, with instructions to muster aland (125,000). According to his own statement, Thomas had under his command, at the time I accepted ss than seventy-five thousand (75,000), whilst Thomas overran Alabama with at least fifty thousand (repair the railroad, amass a large Army, place Thomas in my front in command of the forces he afterwrd; or, as previously suggested, he could send Thomas into Alabama, whilst he marched through Georgif October, General Sherman telegraphed to Generals Thomas and Cox, as follows: Sherman's Memoirsip's Gap and Lafayette, he again telegraphs to Thomas, at Nashville: Sherman's Memoirs, vol. II, mischief. On the 26th, he telegraphed to General Thomas: Van Horne's History of the Army of thhe has not gone above the Tennessee river. General Thomas will have a force strong enough to prevent record my surmises in regard to Sherman's and Thomas's movements, during our campaign to the Alabam[2 more...]
r officers, in regard to the effect a return to Georgia would produce upon the Army. I also urged the consideration that Thomas would immediately overrun Alabama, if we marched to confront Sherman. I had fixedly determined, unless withheld by Beaurrepair his railroad, and at least start to the rear all surplus material. I believed, however, I could still get between Thomas's forces and Nashville, and rout them; furthermore, effect such manceuvres as to insure to our troops an easy victory. Tons. 4th. To have sent off the most or the whole of the Army of Tennessee in pursuit of Sherman, would have opened to Thomas's force the richest portion of the State of Alabama, and would have made nearly certain the capture of Montgomery, Selma,Hood, I concluded to allow him to prosecute with vigor his campaign into Tennessee and Kentucky, hoping that by defeating Thomas's Army and such other forces as might hastily be sent against him, he would compel Sherman, should he reach the coast of
was to take position, entrench around Nashville, and await Thomas's attack which, if handsomely repulsed, might afford us anw him into his works. I was apprised of each accession to Thomas's Army, but was still unwilling to abandon the ground as ltachment of eight thousand, should he venture to reinforce Thomas at Nashville. He remained, however, behind his entrenchmefor fear we should finally reach Kentucky. He ordered General Thomas to attack on the 6th of December, and evidently becameo the War Department at Washington, on the 9th, to relieve Thomas on account of his delay in assaulting according to instruc Grant. On the 11th, at 4 p. m., he again telegraphed General Thomas. Van Horne's History Army of the Cumberland, vol. . * * * * The following dispatch from General Grant to Thomas gives strong evidence that in this campaign we had thrust assume direction in person. At this eventful period General Thomas stood with eightytwo thousand (82,000) effectives S
as follows: The Army of the Cumberland, under Thomas, was in the act of crossing Peach Tree creek. the right, entrenched. My object was to crush Thomas's Army before he could fortify himself, and thseparate Thomas's Army from the forces on his (Thomas's) left. Thus I should be able to throw two corps, Stewart's and Hardee's, against Thomas. Specific orders were carefully given these Generals, remainder he threw across the Tennessee under Thomas. When our Army arrived at Florence it had entdon the regained territory to the forces under Thomas, with little hope of being able to reach the e the alternative clear that I should move upon Thomas. If I succeeded in beating him, the effect of remainder, or to move forward at once against Thomas with the entire force. The Army I thought tood from dispatches captured at Spring Hill from Thomas to Schofield, that the latter was instructed tld be made secure, indicating the intention of Thomas to hold Franklin and his strong works at Murfr[1 more...]