, and suggesting that a successful march, such as he had started on, would again bisect the Southern
country, and that when that was done the war would be virtually over.
I suggested that he should adhere to his defensive tactics upon the Rapidan
, and reinforce from his army the army lying in front of Rosecrans-so that it could crush that army, and then push on to the West
He seemed struck with these views, but was as much opposed to dividing his army as he was in the spring when I first suggested it. He went down to Richmond
to arrange for another offensive campaign during the fall.
While there several letters passed between us, only two of which I have preserved in connected form.
The result of this correspondence was, however, that I was sent with two divisions-Hood's and McLaws
'-to reinforce our army then in Georgia
The result of this movement was the defeat of Rosecrans
, at Chickamauga
, when the last hope of the Confederacy
expired with the failure of our army to prosecute the advantage gained by this defeat.
The letters are appended herewith: