a conversation with James B. McPherson over the question of relative rank
encouraging John B. Hood to become a soldier
visit to the Camp of Frank P. Blair, Jr.
anecdote of Sherman and Hookerf believing there were three entire corps in front of us, I doubted whether there was even all of Hood's corps.
General Hooker's habit of swinging off from the rest of General Thomas's army, and ge one winter before going to West Point, and hence had acquired the knack of explaining things.
Hood was not well up in mathematics.
The first part of the course especially he found very hard—so muiculty.
When we were fighting each other so desperately, fifteen years later, I wondered whether Hood remembered the encouragement I had given him to become a soldier, and came very near thinking onc generals were unwilling to attempt it. Had Sherman divided his army in such a way, and struck at Hood's rear, he might have found a chance to destroy that army as well as the railroads in Georgia.