position he had indicated to the division commanders before my arrival, I rode to the hotel in Nashville
, went to bed, and slept from about noon of the 1st, without awaking to full consciousness, until about sunset the next day. I only hope my weary soldiers enjoyed their rest as much as I did mine, for they must have needed it even more.
When I awoke after that thoroughly refreshing sleep the annoyance I had felt on account of the embarrassments experienced during the retreat was replaced by reflections of a much more satisfactory character.
From that time forward my relations with General Thomas
were of the same cordial character as they always had been; and I was much gratified by the flattering indorsement he placed on my official report, of which I then knew the substance, if not the exact words.
The Fourth Army Corps and the cavalry corps of the Military Division of the Mississippi having been under my command during only the few days occupied in the operations between Pulaski
(November 14 to December 1), no reports of the operations of those two corps were ever made to me after the close of that brief period.
Hence it was not possible for me to give any full account of the distinguished services of those two corps.
The cavalry were never seen by me. They were far in front or on the flank, doing all the ‘seeing’ for me, giving me information of vital importance in respect to the enemy's movements.
How important that information was then regarded may be learned by a perusal of the despatches to and from General Thomas
during those days of anxious uncertainty as to the enemy's plans.
I believe no cavalry ever performed that important service more efficiently.
At no time in that short campaign did I suffer any inconvenience from lack of information that cavalry could possibly give.
If it is true that the operations of our cavalry were to some extent influenced by apprehension of a cavalry raid on Nashville
or other vital