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peaks thus : Johnston's Narrative, page 275. I can see no other mode of taking the offensive here than to beat the enemy when he advances, and then move forward. In response to General Bragg's letter of March 12th, proffering fully eighty thousand (80,000) men, as an inducement to assume the offensive, and to which letter I have already referred, General Johnston dispatched the following telegram: Johnston's Narrative, page 294. Your letter by Colonel Sale received. Grant is at Nashville. Where Grant is we must expect the great Federal effort. We ought, therefore, to be prepared to beat him here --at Dalton. In his written reply to the same, he says: Johnston's Narrative, page 295. We cannot estimate the time he (the enemy) will require for preparation, and should, consequently, put ourselves in condition for successful resistance as soon as possible by assembling here the troops you enumerate. Again, Johnston's Narrative, page 296. I would have the troops assemb
us develop the truth. W. T. Sherman, Major General Commanding. My predecessor had evidently another scheme in reserve. General Forrest was required, with five thousand (5000) cavalry in Tennessee, to destroy Sherman's communications with Nashville,--at least, in so far as to hinder Sherman from receiving sufficient supplies for the maintenance of his Army. General Wheeler's cavalry force numbered over ten thousand (10,000,), and was composed of as brave men as those under the command of a large force of cavalry attached to his own Army, as well as another large body of this arm in Tennessee; had erected block houses at every important bridge and culvert, and had stationed infantry at fixed points along the entire line between Nashville and Atlanta, forming, it might be said, a chain of sentinels. The Federals had at their disposal locomotives of great power, and a sufficient number of cars to move, within a few hours, a corps of infantry to any one threatened point. Their v
possibly spare, and expedite them, under the command of Wheeler, against Sherman's railroad to Nashville; at the same time, to request of the proper authorities that General Maury, commanding at Mobiooga, and Corse's Division of the Seventeenth Corps to Rome, and instructed General Rosseau at Nashville, Granger at Decatur, and Stedman at Chattanooga, to adopt the most active measures to protect e the facilities of the Federal commander to reinforce his line of skirmishers, extending from Nashville to Atlanta, that we could not bring together a sufficient force of cavalry to accomplish the deeler's four thousand five hundred (4500) men who were still operating against the railroad to Nashville. I had, moreover, become convinced that our cavalry was able to successfully compete with douwhile Sherman was destroying the road to Macon, I would have been upon his communications with Nashville, and the desertions, together with the demoralization which followed the evacuation of Atlanta
first plan, he could, after assembling all the troops at his disposal between Nashville and Atlanta, have advanced with an Army of not less than one hundred and twenHood's immediate intentions. In a dispatch of the same date to Thomas, at Nashville: I came up here to relieve our road. The Twentieth Corps remains at Atla place Thomas in my front in command of the forces he afterwards assembled at Nashville, and then, himself, move southward; or, as previously suggested, he could sen the direction of Ship's Gap and Lafayette, he again telegraphs to Thomas, at Nashville: Sherman's Memoirs, vol. II, page 156. Send me Morgan's and Newton's d Schofield, and attempt to rout and capture their Army before it could reach Nashville. I intended then to march upon that city where I would supply the Army and r would move immediately to Guntersville, thence to Stevenson, Bridgeport, and Nashville. This important question at issue was discussed during the greater part of
y forces are sent from Grant or Sheridan, to Nashville. J. B. Hood, General. At this juncture,s can have been sent by Grant or Sheridan to Nashville. The latter has attempted to reinforce the could still get between Thomas's forces and Nashville, and rout them; furthermore, effect such manwas the sole obstacle between our forces and Nashville — in truth, the only barrier to the success reach the enemy's rear and cut him off from Nashville. I also knew that Schofield was occupied the residence of Mr. Overton, six miles from Nashville — and, standing in my presence, spoke an honerred to: headquarters, six miles from Nashville, on Franklin pike, December 7th, 864. HonoraGeneral. headquarters, six miles from Nashville, on Franklin pike, December 8th, 1864. Honor General. headquarters, six miles from Nashville, on Franklin pike, December 8th, 1864. Honor could no longer hope to get between him and Nashville, by reason of the short distance from Frankl[1 more...]<
who attempted to escape in the direction of Nashville. Lee's Corps, as it arrived, was held in re which now proclaimed that the possession of Nashville was once more dependent upon the fortunes of [no. 541.]headquarters, six miles to Nashville, December 3d. About 4 p. m., November 30telegram: [no. 560.]headquarters near Nashville, on Franklin pike, December 15th, 1864. Honotance to defeat the Federal Army and capture Nashville. The President was still urgent in his insthe avowed intention to march back again upon Nashville. In truth, our Army was in that condition wracy. I therefore determined to move upon Nashville, to entrench, to accept the chances of reinfsumed, and line of battle formed in front of Nashville. Lee's Corps was placed in the centre and a this hour, stood in air some six miles from Nashville, and I had determined to withdraw my entire n front of the illustrious Lee to proceed to Nashville and assume direction in person. At this e[10 more...]
nd Johnston. General Sherman gives color to their charge of rashness as a commander, in the following passage: I did not suppose that General Hood, though rash, would venture to attack fortified places like Allatoona, Resaca, Decatur and Nashville; but he did so, and in so doing, played into our hands perfectly. Sherman's Memoirs, vol. II, page 167. And yet from other portions of his Memoirs it will be seen that I did not attack either Resaca, Decatur, or Nashville. My official Nashville. My official report will also show that Major General French assaulted Allatoona, whilst under discretionary orders. Thus, in none of these instances is General Sherman correct. Touching this same accusation of rashness, put forth by my opponents, I shall merely state that the confidence reposed in me upon so many occasions, and during a service of three years, by Generals Lee, Jackson, and Longstreet, in addition to the letters of these distinguished commanders, expressive of satisfaction with my cours
e at Franklin, he would gain his works about Nashville. The nature of the position was such as to ould defeat him, and thus gain possession of Nashville with abundant supplies for the Army. This wdeserves great credit. After the fight at Nashville I at first hoped to be able to remain in Tenght to have been gathered at that point. At Nashville, had it not have been for an unfortunate evet 1 p. m., on December 1st, and arrived near Nashville, about 2 p. m., on the 2d. The enemy had mmand was the centre of the Army in front of Nashville; Cheatham's Corps being on my right, and Ste enemy retreated rapidly during the night on Nashville, leaving their dead and wounded in our handsters, Army of Tennessee, six miles South of Nashville, December 3d, 1864. Hon. J. A. Seddon, Secre in our possession, and retreated rapidly to Nashville, closely pursued by our cavalry. We capturee hundred. We continued our march towards Nashville, and on the 2d of December our Army took its[5 more...]