, or remain for awhile on the defensive in Tennessee
's first order to Thomas
moved was typical of his character and of what was to follow.
On the 13th of November, Thomas
reports to-night that the cavalry arms and equipments applied for some weeks since have not yet reached Louisville
Their non-arrival will delay us in preparing for the field.’
But it was still possible that Hood
might re-cross the Tennessee
, in pursuit of Sherman
In that event, not a moment must be lost; and Grant
telegraphed at once: ‘If Hood
commences falling back, it will not do to wait for the full equipment of your cavalry, to follow.
He should, in that case, be pressed with such force as you can bring to bear.’
replied the same night: ‘Your telegram of this A. M. just received.
Am watching Hood
closely, and should he move after Sherman
, I will follow with what force I can raise at hand.’
, however, had no idea of following Sherman
The campaign into Middle Tennessee
was his own design,1
and the dispositions of the national commanders appeared not in the least to disturb his plans.
On the 16th of November, Sherman
marched out of Atlanta
, and the same day Beauregard
telegraphed the news to Richmond
is about to move with three corps from Atlanta
, or Macon
, thence probably to Charleston
, where a junction may be formed with enemy's fleet.’
On the 19th, he announced again: ‘Enemy are turning their columns on shortest road ’