profound affection and confidence of his troops—an element of strength in a commander far greater than is generally understood, even by military men, some of whom appear to be altogether ignorant of its value as a factor in war. A doubt of our complete success under his leadership, after our troops were united, never entered my mind, much less a desire to diminish or dim the laurels he might win.
's great anxiety on account of the situation at Nashville
was manifested for several days by urgent despatches to General Thomas
to attack at once without waiting for further preparations; then by an order to Thomas
to turn over the chief command to me, Thomas
to become subordinate, which order was suspended; and finally by starting for Nashville
himself to direct operations in person.
In the meantime he ordered General John A. Logan
to go to Nashville
to relieve Thomas
in command of the Army of the Cumberland, without thought, as he has said, of the question whether Logan
or myself should command the combined armies of the Cumberland
and of the Ohio
had reached Washington
from City Point
, and Logan
had gone as far as Louisville
, when the report of Thomas
's victory of December 15 made it unnecessary for either of them to proceed farther.
The following letters from Grant
are interesting as explaining the reasons and motives of his action in sending Logan
, as well as his estimate of the services I had rendered in the preceding operations: