Hood is moving south via Summerville, Alpine, and Gadsden.
If he enters Tennessee, it will be to the west of Huntsville, but I think he has given up all such idea.
I want the road repaired to Atlanta; the sick and wounded men sent north of the Tennessee; my army recomposed; and I will then make the interior of Georgia feel the weight of war. It is folly for us to be moving our armies on the reports of scouts and citizens.
We must maintain the offensive.
Your first move on Trenton and Valley Head was right — the move to defend Caperton's Ferry is wrong.
Notify General Thomas of these my views.
We must follow Hood till he is beyond the reach of mischief, and then resume the offensive.
The correspondence between me and the authorities at Washington, as well as with the several army commanders, given at length in the report of the Committee on the Conduct of the War, is full on all these points.
After striking our road at Dalton, Hood was compelled to go on to Chattanooga an