road as he can. Sheridan
started this morning from Winchester, Virginia
, to destroy the Virginia Central railroad and James river
canal, and to get to Lynchburg
if he can. Each starts with cavalry force alone.’
Meanwhile, the same peculiarities which had distinguished Thomas
in November and December had become apparent in January and February and March.
On the 25th of January, Grant
said to Halleck
: ‘When Canby
is supplied, horses may be sent up the Tennessee
, as General Thomas
requests, and let him use all exertion to get off during the first favorable weather we may have.
It is a great pity that our cavalry should not have taken advantage of Hood
's and Forrest
's forces being on furlough.
They could have fed on the enemy, and where they could have collected their own horses.’
Yet it was to collect and equip this cavalry that Thomas
had delayed so long at Nashville
, and, after two weeks pursuit of the enemy, he was unwilling to send it out again without another season of equipping and delay.
was in some things not unlike Warren
in the Eastern
army, who was earnest and capable and accomplished, but unequal to the task assigned him; both had difficulties for which they were not always to blame, which impeded and prevented the action that Grant
expected of them; but greater soldiers overcame just such difficulties, and Grant Preferred those who did.
's delay now compelled Grant
to change his plans.
On the 27th of February, one month after he had first ordered Stoneman
's advance, he said to Thomas
being so late in making his start from East Tennessee
, and Sherman