I am in hopes he will be able to clear them out.’
Thus another avenue of communication with Thomas
was cut off. The Cumberland river
, who had commanded in Missouri
, was at this juncture relieved by Dodge
, at Grant
's request, and on the 8th, the general-in-chief telegraphed to Halleck
: ‘Please direct General Dodge
to send all the troops he can spare, to General Thomas
With such order, he can be relied on to send all that can properly go. They had probably better be sent to Louisville
, for I fear either Hood
will go to the Ohio river
I will submit whether it is not advisable to call on Ohio
, and Illinois
, for sixty thousand men for thirty days. If Thomas
has not struck yet, he ought to be ordered to hand over his command to Schofield
Yet even now, he had a good word to say for his inert subordinate.
‘There is no better man to repel an attack than Thomas
, but I fear he is too cautious to take the initiative.’
replied to this at nine P. M. ‘If you wish General Thomas
relieved, give the order.
No one here will, I think, interfere.
The responsibility, however, will be yours, as no one here, so far as I am informed, wishes General Thomas
To this Grant
answered at ten o'clock: ‘Your despatch of nine P. M. just received.
I want General Thomas
reminded of the importance of immediate action.
I sent him a despatch this evening, which will probably urge him on. I would not say relieve him, until I hear farther from him.’
The despatch Grant
had sent to Thomas
was in these words: ‘8.30 P. M. It looks to me evident the enemy are trying to cross the Cumberland
, and are ’