despatch of October 10th received.
Does it not look as if Hood
was going to attempt the invasion of Middle Tennessee
, using the Mobile
and the Memphis
and Charleston roads to supply his base on the Tennessee river
If he does this, he ought to be met
, and prevented from getting north of the Tennessee river
If you were to cut loose, I do not believe you would meet Hood's army
, but would be bushwhacked by all the old men, little boys, and such railroad guards as are still left at home.
Hood would probably strike for Nashville
, thinking that by going north, he could inflict greater damage upon us than we could upon the rebels by going south.
If there is any way of getting at Hood's army, I should prefer that;
but I must trust to your judgment.
I find I shall not be able to send a force from here to act with you on Savannah
Your movements therefore will be independent of mine; at least until the fall of Richmond
I am afraid Thomas
, with such lines of road as he has to protect, could not prevent Hood
from going north.
turned loose with all your cavalry, you will find the rebels put much more on the defensive than heretofore.’1
, with his usual ardor, had not waited for Grant
's reply, but on the 11th, he sent the following despatch, dated the same hour with Grant
's—eleven A. M. ‘Hood
moved his army from Palmetto station, across by Dallas
, and is now on the Coosa river
, south of Rome
He threw one corps on my road at Ackworth
, and I was ’