obeyed the orders and again caused an interruption of a week or two on the Western & Atlantic railroad.
On the 18th, having caused the iron to be removed from the railroads running into Atlanta
, for a distance of forty miles, and directing railroad stock to be restored to the West Point railroad, Hood
began his movement to the left.
Taking position from Palmetto
to the Chattahoochee river
, he waited there ten days for the accumulation of supplies.
In this position he exposed Augusta
, but he hoped to save them by his proposed flank march.
On the 22d he advised General Bragg
that if Sherman
did not move south he would cross the Chattahoochee
and form line of battle near Powder Springs
, which would prevent Sherman
from using the railroad in his rear, ‘and force him to drive me off or move south, when I shall fall upon his rear.’
During this month Sherman
conceived the idea that Georgia
might be politically isolated from the other States in the Confederacy
Knowing that Vice-President Stephens
and Governor Brown
, both influential leaders in Georgia
, had opposed the President
in some matters of policy, Sherman
conceived the idea that there was such hostility to Mr. Davis
that he could induce these eminent men to entertain a proposition for peace, or even to advise the State
to withdraw from the Confederacy
so as to avoid further destruction of its material interests.
Acting on this idea, Sherman
sent ambassadors to Stephens
, but while they were willing to promote an honorable peace, they declined to consider any dishonoring proposition for independent State action, and refused peremptorily to visit the Federal
commander on the terms stated by him. They were fully determined to remain true to the Confederacy
, though the prospect of its affairs was very gloomy.
, accompanied by Senator Hill
, now came to Georgia
, and made a speech at Macon
in which he endeavored to communicate to his hearers his own indomitable