day, the advanced guard of the cavalry reached the Tennessee
, just in time to see the rebel pontoons swing to the other side.1
The news of the first day's battle at Nashville
as he stepped from the steamer at Washington
, and he telegraphed at once to Thomas
: ‘11.30 P. M.: I was just on my way to Nashville
, but receiving a despatch from Van Duzer
, detailing your splendid success of to-day, I shall go no further.
Push the enemy now, and give him no rest till he is entirely destroyed.
Your army will cheerfully suffer many privations to break up Hood
's army and render it unfit for future operations.
Do not stop for trains or supplies, but take them from the country, as the enemy has done.
Much is now expected.’
Half an hour later, Thomas
himself reported: ‘Attacked enemy's left this morning.
Drove it from the river very nearly to Franklin Pike.
Distance, about eight miles.’
To this Grant
replied at midnight: ‘Your despatch of this evening just received.
I congratulate you and the army under your command for to-day's operations, and feel a conviction that to-morrow will add more fruits to your victory.’
also sent messages of congratulation and encouragement.
The President declared: ‘You have made a magnificent beginning.
A grand consummation is within your reach.’
He added: ‘Do not let it slip.’
No further news from Tennessee
arrived till the 17th, when a long despatch from Thomas