d Thomas to Sherman, on the 12th of November, that Beauregard can do us any harm now, and if he attempts to follow you, I will follow him as far as possible.
In fact, when Sherman and Thomas first discussed the campaign, and calculated the relative forces, Thomas asked for the Fourth corps only, and Sherman added the Twenty-fourth, to make assurance doubly sure;
Ibid. and when Sherman started for the coast, Thomas had in hand a force superior by ten thousand to Hood's army.
Steedman, and Granger, and Rousseau were all nearer to him than to the enemy—the very men who afterwards overwhelmed, by numbers, the rebel command entrenched before Nashville.
There was thus no necessity for the falling back, except what Thomas imposed on himself, by not concentrating earlier.
Still, with this strategy, although it would never have been his own, Grant found no positive fault; for it was possible that the delay made Hood weaker and Thomas stronger, and thus increased the preponderance which
t Petersburg, 343; relieved from command by Butler, 344.
Gold, high price of, in August, 1864, III., 12.
Goldsboro, Sherman's objective point in Carolina campaign III., 374; meeting of Sherman and Schofield at, 421; march to, 427; Schofield in possession of, 434.
Gordon, General, at battle of Cedar creek, III., 93, 98.
Grand Gulf position of, i., 160; McClernand ordered to seize, 194; naval bombardment of, 198; evacuation of, 215; Grant severs communication with, 218.
Granger, General, Gordon, sent to assist Burnside, i., 531; his reluctance and complaint, 532; arrives at Knoxville, 544; operations against Mobile, III., 637.
Granny White road rebel line of retreat at Nashville, III., 254, 259.
Grant, General Ulysses S., birth and family of, i. 7; change of name, 7; education and military training, 7, 8; serves in Mexican war, 8; marriage, 8; a leather merchant at Galena, 9; offers services to government, 9; colonel of volunteers, 9; brigadier-general, 10; in comman