s fine, the roads good, and every thing seemed to favor us Never do I recall a more agreeable sensation than the sight of our camps by night, lit up by the fires of fragrant pine knots. * * * * No enemy opposed us, and we could only occasionally hear the faint reverberation of a gun to our left rear, where we knew that General Kilpatrick was skirmishing with Wheeler's cavalry, which persistently followed him. But the infantry columns had met with no opposition whatever. * * * * That night (December 8) we reached Pooler's Station, eight miles from Savannah, and during the next two days, December 9 and 10, the several corps reached the defenses of Savannah, * * * * thus completely investing the city.
This question of investing the city involves the one of responsibility for the escape of Hardee, and will bear a little attention.
On the 13th December General Sherman wrote Mr. Stanton, as quoted at page 201, Volume II:
Before opening communication we had completely destroyed al
down, the enemy having planted three batteries on a bend of the river between this and Clarksville.
Captain Fitch was unable to silence all three of the batteries yesterday, and will return again to-morrow morning, and with the assistance of the Cincinnati, now at Clarksville, I am in hopes will now be able to clear them out. So far the enemy has not materially injured the Nashville and Chattanooga Railroad. Geo. H. Thomas, Major-General U. S. Volunteers commanding.
City Point, Va., December 8, 7:30 P. M. Major-General Geo. H. Thomas, Nashville.
Your dispatch of yesterday received.
It looks to me evident the enemy are trying to cross the Cumberland, and are scattered.
Why not attack at once?
By all means avoid the contingency of a foot race to see which, you or Hood, can beat to the Ohio.
If you think necessary call on the Governors of States to send a force into Louisville to meet the enemy if he should cross the river.
You clearly never should cross, except in rear of