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Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 9. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), The lost opportunity at Spring Hill, Tenn.--General Cheatham's reply to General Hood. (search)
just left and informed me that he holds the turnpike with a portion of his forces north of Spring Hill, and will stop the enemy if he tries to pass toward Franklin, and so in the morning we will have a surrender without a fight. He further said, in a congratulatory manner: We can sleep quiet to night. I said to the General I was glad to hear what he told me, and immediately left. The staff officer with me, if I remember correctly, was Lieutenant Charles B. Rogan, who now lives in Sumner county, Tennessee, either heard the conversation or I immediately informed him of it, for it was discussed as we returned to our lines, and on our arrival at our bivouac made it known to Captain H. J. Cheeny, my A. A. G. (now a citizen of this county), and also to other staff officers, nearly all of whom are yet living. You can imagine my surprise next morning when I learned the enemy had come from our front. The foregoing is in substance what was said on the occasion referred to as I recollect