will go there.
If not, he will be sent to Newbern
In either event, all the surplus force at the two points will move to the interior towards Goldsboro
, in co-operation with your movement. . . . . All these troops will be subject to your orders as you come in communication with them.’
But this was not all; the torpor of Thomas
in the Nashville
campaign had determined the general-in-chief
to intrust to that commander no more operations in which prompt, aggressive action was necessary.
's movements, however, were for a while uncertain; and on the 30th of December, Grant
said to Halleck
: ‘I have no idea of keeping idle troops at any place, but before taking troops away from Thomas
it will be advisable to see whether Hood
's army halts at Corinth
I do not think he will, but think he is much more likely to be thrown in front of Sherman
If so, it will be just where we want them to go. Let Thomas
collect all his troops not essential to hold his communications, at Eastport
. . . . and be in readiness for their removal where they can be used.’
As the plans of the rebels became more apparent, Grant
gave orders to break up Thomas
On the 14th of January, as we have seen, Schofield
's corps was withdrawn from Tennessee
, and on the 18th, the general-in-chief
said to Halleck
: ‘I now understand that Beauregard
has gone west to gather up what he can save from Hood
's army, to bring against Sherman
If this be the case, Selma
can be easily reached.
I do not believe, though, that General Thomas
will ever get there from the north.
He is too ponderous in his preparations and equipments to move ’