mportant news reached headquarters on July 17 to the effect that General Joe Johnston had been relieved from duty, and General Hood put in command of the army opposed to Sherman.
General Grant said when he received this information: I know very well the chief characteristics of Hood.
He is a bold, dashing soldier, and has many qualities of successful leadership, but he is an indiscreet commander, and lacks cool judgment.
We may look out now for rash and ill-advised attacks on his part.
I am very glad, from our standpoint, that this change has been made.
Hood will prove no match for Sherman.
He waited with some curiosity to know just what policy Hood would adopt.
As was anticipated, he came out of his lines and made an attack on July Hood would adopt.
As was anticipated, he came out of his lines and made an attack on July 20, but was repulsed with great loss.
He made another offensive movement on the 22d, and fought the celebrated battle of Atlanta, but was again driven back.
On the 28th he made another bold dash against Sherman, but in this also he was completely d
Lee had been so constantly threatened, or compelled to attack around Petersburg and Richmond, that he had been entirely prevented from sending any forces to Hood to be used against Sherman.
Mrs. Grant had come East with the children, and Colonel Dent, her brother, was sent to meet them at Philadelphia, and bring them to upon the country as long as I can keep moving; but if I should have to stop and fight battles the difficulty would be greatly increased.
There is no telling what Hood will do, whether he will follow me and contest my march eastward, or whether he will start north with his whole army, thinking there will not be any adequate forcee able to move up in the rear of Lee, or do almost anything else that Grant might require of me. Both Jeff Davis, according to the tone of his recent speeches, and Hood want me to fall back.
That is just the reason why I want to go forward.
The general then went into a long discussion of the details which would have to be carr
march to the sea.
Jefferson Davis had visited Hood's headquarters, and at different points on his us one good service at least in notifying us of Hood's intended plan of campaign.
In a short time ithe West to be sent to him.
On September 29 Hood crossed the Chattahoochee River.
This was the awake.
Rawlins had convinced himself that if Hood kept his army in front of Sherman to bar his prfficult to assemble sufficient force to prevent Hood from reaching the Ohio River.
Against this viee to cut loose, I do not believe you would meet Hood's army, but would be bushwhacked by all the oldgoing south.
If there is any way of getting at Hood's army, I would prefer that, but I must trust tard took place as to Sherman's army not meeting Hood's. At the same hour at which Grant wrote this dt on his march to the sea, and that he believed Hood would be forced to follow him. A little before tary judgments differed was as to the action of Hood, Grant being firmly convinced that he would tur[12 more...]
ers Thomas to move against Hood
Thomas Crushes Hood
Decisions of the utmost importance had to bef. . ..
As Thomas's army was now larger than Hood's, and splendidly officered, Grant was much dis M. on December 6 he telegraphed Thomas: Attack Hood at once, and wait no longer for a remount of yowill make the necessary dispositions and attack Hood at once, agreeably to your order, though I belinow at my service.
News had been received that Hood was moving a force toward Harpeth Shoals on thenemy from crossing.
There is no doubt but that Hood's forces are considerably scattered along the rGeneral Thomas's army.
Rumors were abroad that Hood confidently expected reinforcements from the Tr prisoners and 53 pieces of artillery, and left Hood's army a wreck.
The pursuit of the enemy was crom Atlanta, and that Thomas's army would crush Hood's as soon as it was led against it, were compler the victory of Nashville: His final defeat of Hood was so complete that it would be accepted as a [10 more...]