change of plan before the battle of Nashville
the fighting of December 15
expectation that Hood would retreat
delay in renewing the attack on the 16 Logan had gone as far as Louisville, when the report of Thomas's victory of December 15 made it unnecessary for either of them to proceed farther.
The following le done in the evening of December 14, his published orders and his battle of December 15 would have been in complete harmony.
There would not, so far as I know, havsimply a clerical error.
After darkness had ended the first day's battle (December 15), I received an order in writing from General Thomas, which was in substancelittle fight was left in it after November 30 had been greatly diminished on December 15.
Hood, almost alone of that army, was not whipped until the 16th.
He, theHarpeth and destroying the bridges.
If Hood had retreated in the night of December 15, as Thomas presumed he would, the result would doubtless have been even less
mas, given after the close of operations on December 15, for the operations which actually took plaither orally or in writing, on the night of December 15, are the following orders of the day for thting from General Thomas to General Wilson, December 15; and the despatch from General Wilson to myre issued by General Thomas on the night of December 15 or in the morning of the 16th are essentialention of any orders issued in the night of December 15 or morning of the 16th.
He simply says in issued to the troops before the movement of December 15 was equally applicable to the operations ofnot permit him to formulate in the night of December 15 the comparatively simple orders requisite fDecember 16). Having failed in the night of December 15 to obtain any appropriate orders for my actCorps for the part we took in the battle of December 15.
The only special credit to which I havege in the details of the plan of battle for December 15, by which the infantry attacking force on o
rt, nor made any mention of the change in his plan of battle for December 15, which was made the day before.
（6) In the publication of my dification made in General Thomas's published plan of battle for December 15, though no intimation that it was made at my suggestion; also the statement that I had, after the close of the battle of December 15, waited upon the commanding general and received his orders for the pursing which I had received from General Thomas after the battle of December 15.
But of course there were no copies of orders or despatches whiave given any rational explanation of the action of my troops on December 15 under the published orders for that battle.
Hence I alluded, aseneral Thomas gave directions to that effect in the afternoon of December 15.
Whereas, in fact, that corps had moved over to the right at darespect to the statement in my report that I had in the night of December 15 waited upon the commanding general and received his orders for t
What was Sherman's plan when he started for Savannah?
Was it simply to effect a change of base, or was it for well-defined ulterior purposes?
When did Sherman mature his plan to march to Virginia, and when did that plan first dawn upon Sherman's mind?
In this connection, what significance is to be attached to the dates of events in Tennessee, especially the battles of Franklin and Nashville?
By the first mails which reached Sherman after he arrived on the coast, December 14 and 15, containing letters from Grant dated December 3 and 6, full information was received of the battle of Franklin, which had occurred November 30.
Thomas's official report of the battle of Nashville was received by Sherman on December 24, but rumors of that victory had reached him earlier.
Sherman's first letter to Grant, relative to future operations, written in reply to those from Grant of December 3 and 6, was dated December 16.
In that letter was mentioned Sherman's plan in the following w