al Beauregard had an interview with him], he changed his course while on the march and repaired to Tuscumbia and Florence, where three precious weeks were spent, enabling Sherman to repair the road to Chattanooga and collect his supplies for the march to the sea, at the same time affording time to General Thomas, who had been sent to Tennessee, for the concentration of an army at Nashville strong enough to crush Hood even if he had avoided Franklin.
Marching through the beautiful valley of the Tennessee over which Sherman had carried his army to reinforce Grant at Chattanooga, our army was appalled at its desolation.
Sherman's iron hand had destroyed it—old men, non-combatants, women, children, faithful slaves, were reduced to want.
General Hood published an order to the troops directing their attention to the ruin of this fair land, and appealing to their manhood to recover the State of Tennessee.
The torch, not the sword, had caused this great destitution and made a desert of