The campaign from the Tennessee River
as a base had then become, like the ‘autumn maneuvers’ of a European army, a regular operation to be commenced at the proper time every year.
In his general order
of December 29, he said the enemy, ‘unless he is mad, must forever relinquish all hope of bringing Tennessee
again within the lines of the accursed rebellion’; but the possible termination of that rebellion appeared to be a contingency too remote to be taken into account in planning future military operations.