So we started early in the morning to execute Sherman's orders—thoroughly to destroy the railroad, and close down on Thomas toward Jonesboroa.
That morning, as Sherman says (Vol.
II, page 107), Howard found an intrenched foe (Hardee's corps) covering Jonesboroa, and orders were sent to Generals Thomas and Schofield to turn straight for Jonesboroa, tearing up the railroad track as they advanced.
But of course, as General Sherman had anticipated the night before, such orders ood's army, if that was the objective of the campaign.
So anxious was I that this be attempted that I offered to go with two corps, or even with one, and intercept Hood's retreat on the McDonough road, and hold him until Sherman could dispose of Hardee or interpose his army between him and Hood.
But more prudent counsels prevailed, and we remained quietly in our camps for five days, while Hood leisurely marched round us with all his baggage and Georgia militia, and collected his scattered frag
st at Cabinet and Diplomatic dinner, 278; assigned to command Military Division of the Atlantic, 430; relations with Grant, 430; death and burial, 456; character, 456; succeeded in command by S., 456; action on the retirement for age bill, 481
Hardee, Lieut.-Gen. William J., battle of Jonesboro, 157; opportunity for Sherman to attack, 159
Hardin Turnpike, Tenn., military movements on, 264
Harney, Brig.-Gen. William S., commanding Department of the West, 32, 33; attitude at the outbreak ea, etc., 153, 157-160, 163-165, 236, 252, 255, 261, 285, 299-306, 308, 310-322, 326, 327, 330-334, 337-340, 343, 347 (for specific operations and battles, see names of localities, etc.); orders S. to report to Stanley, 156; opportunity to attack Hardee, 159; raises the question of relative rank between Stanley and S., 160; his judgment therein reversed, 161; desires S. to write a critical history of the Atlanta campaign, 162; coincidence of Hood's and Sherman's movements, 162; contradicts Thoma