The first time I ever saw General Sherman
and General Hooker
together, or got even a suspicion that their personal relations were other than the most satisfactory, was at Resaca
's division had gained possession of some portions of the enemy's outer works, so that from a bald hill just in rear of our line some parts of the main line of defense could be distinctly seen.
Upon my informing General Sherman
of this, he soon appeared on the ground, accompanied or closely followed by a large number of general and staff officers.
, and Newton
, a score of others were there, all eager to see what they could of the now famous stronghold which McPherson
had refrained from assaulting.
I led them to the hill, on which a few dead trees were still standing, and from which the much-desired view could be obtained.
Of course all were on foot, yet they were too numerous not to attract the attention of the enemy.
Very soon the sound of musketry in front, then not very heavy, was varied by the sharp explosion of a shell overhead, and fragments of branches of dead trees came falling all around.
A general ‘scatteration’ occurred in all directions save one.
and I, who were conversing at the time, quietly stepped aside a few paces out of the line of fire, where we were much safer than we would have been in full retreat, and then turned round to see what had become of our companions.
All save two had disappeared, even Thomas
having abandoned the field, probably for the first and only time in his life.
But still there, on the bald hill, in full view of the hostile artillery, were the two already highly distinguished generals, Sherman
, both alike famous for supreme courage, striding round the ground, appearing to look at nothing in particular and not conversing with each other, but seeing at least a foot taller than usual, each waiting for the other to lead off in retreat.
After quite a long continuance of this little drama,