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1 Sherman had the same idea as Grant. On the 9th of October, after Forrest had escaped from Tennessee, he directed Thomas to replace all the guards on the roads to Chattanooga, but referring to the Decatur road, he said: ‘I doubt the necessity of repairing the road about Elk river and Athens, and suggest that you wait before giving orders for repairs.’ On the 10th, he ordered: ‘Collect all your command at some converging place, say Stevenson. ... Call on all troops within your reach.’
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