the national communications in that region, while Sherman
watched the movements of the main rebel army in the neighborhood of Atlanta
He announced his arrival to Grant
, and from that time reported the situation daily to the general-in-chief
, although most of his orders still came from Sher
had already captured Athens
and a few isolated block-houses which he could not hold, cut both the railroads south of Nashville
, and seized some scattered stores.
He had no hope of accomplishing more, and before Thomas
started from Georgia
, the rebel cavalry had set out to return.
Every disposition was promptly made to intercept the command, but it was now too late, and on the 5th of October, the raiders escaped into Alabama
During the next two weeks Sherman
was following Hood
northward, and as the rebel army approached the Tennessee
disposed his troops so as to reinforce Chattanooga
and protect the crossings of the river, thus holding the enemy in front so that Sherman
might attack him in rear; but Hood
eluded the national columns.
, meanwhile, had promptly notified Thomas
of the new campaign in Georgia
On the 1st of October, when he first proposed to ignore Hood
and turn to the sea, he disclosed the idea to his principal subordinate.
Then came the interruption occasioned by the rebel movement to the north; but on the 9th, Sherman
reverted to the scheme in which Thomas
was to play so important a part.
‘I want to destroy all the road below Chattanooga
, including Atlanta
, and make for the sea-coast.’
‘In that event I would order back to Chattanooga
everything the other side of Kingston