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John M. Schofield, Forty-six years in the Army, Chapter VII (search)
animals with which General Burnside had gone into East Tennessee, scarcely 1000 remained fit for service; while his army of over 25,000 men had been reduced to not more than 7000 fit for duty and effective for service in the field. Such was the result of the siege of Knoxville, and such the Army of the Ohio when I became its commander. But the splendid victory gained a short time before at Chattanooga had raised the blockade upon our line of supply, and the railroad to Chattanooga and Nashville was soon opened, so that our starving and naked troops could begin to get supplies of food and clothing. The movement of the first train of cars was reported by telegraph from every station, and was eagerly awaited by the entire army. When the locomotive whistle announced its approach, everybody turned out to welcome it with shouts of joy. It proved to consist of ten car-loads of horse and mule shoes for the dead animals which strewed the plains! Fortunately the disgust produced by this
John M. Schofield, Forty-six years in the Army, Chapter IX (search)
Sherman had taken away, to overwhelm him at Nashville. Why was not this done with a much larger ff the Cumberland, whose headquarters were at Nashville, was already at that place, and was directedThomas ordered me to come at once by rail to Nashville with my corps, where I reported to him with was soon disposed of; and I then returned to Nashville, and went at once by rail to Pulaski, arriviunite my corps with General Thomas's army at Nashville, when I encountered Hood at Franklin, and afand unite with the Army of the Cumberland at Nashville. Hence I wish to point out clearly that I hith a part of it to Johnsonville and back to Nashville, and thence to Columbia and near Pulaski, alof Franklin, November 30, and the retreat to Nashville that night; and that General Thomas did not have an army at Nashville until December 1. I had united with Thomas's troops two weeks before therom all this it resulted that my superior at Nashville was able to give me little assistance during[4 more...]
John M. Schofield, Forty-six years in the Army, Chapter X (search)
for Thomas to concentrate reinforcements at Nashville the affair at Spring Hill incidents of the the advantage of continuing the retreat to Nashville. in the afternoon of November 28 I receivthat, Hood would not only force me back upon Nashville before Thomas was ready to meet him there, bin, concentration of large reinforcements at Nashville. He could not hope to have at any future tiect. The army at Franklin and the troops at Nashville were within one night's march of each other;in early that day, compelled us to retire to Nashville, and interposed his cavalry between NashvillNashville and Murfreesboroa that night or early on December 1. Thus Thomas's remaining reinforcements fromanklin, ready to attack an inferior force at Nashville or to cross the Cumberland and invade Kentucf orders from General Thomas to fall back to Nashville that night, the trains had been ordered to ted to me. My junction with reinforcements at Nashville was assured, as also the future success of [3 more...]
John M. Schofield, Forty-six years in the Army, Chapter XI (search)
included about 8000 or 10,000 new troops at Nashville, and the same number of civil employees of treduced to the extreme necessity of holding Nashville, Chattanooga, and Decatur defensively, even perhaps even to Franklin. They were sent to Nashville, reaching there after the battle of Franklinen sent to Columbia, or at least moved up to Nashville or Franklin, where they could join the main Nashville, just as the brilliant victory at Nashville was accepted as demonstrating the wisdom of this General Thomas replied at once: Nashville, November 20, 1864. General Schofield: Yad between Franklin and Spring Hill: Nashville, November 29, 1864, 3:30 A. M. Major-Generall A. J. Smith's command has not yet reached Nashville; as soon as he arrives I will make immediateh is not needed for the immediate defense of Nashville, I think he had better march for Franklin atHood to cross the river above and strike for Nashville before I could effect a junction with the tr[22 more...]
John M. Schofield, Forty-six years in the Army, Chapter XII (search)
Chapter XII After the battle of Franklin Tie arrival at Nashville General Thomas's greeting a refreshing sleep services of the cntwood oral orders from General Thomas to continue the retreat to Nashville, I lay on the ground until the main body of the troops had passedd selected for the Twenty-third Corps in the defensive line about Nashville. He greeted me in his usual cordial but undemonstrative way, conthe division commanders before my arrival, I rode to the hotel in Nashville, went to bed, and slept from about noon of the 1st, without awaki only the few days occupied in the operations between Pulaski and Nashville (November 14 to December 1), no reports of the operations of thosre to some extent influenced by apprehension of a cavalry raid on Nashville or other vital point in our rear, that was only what General Thotime, and to meet which he had assembled eight thousand troops in Nashville, perhaps not informing the commander of his own cavalry of that f
John M. Schofield, Forty-six years in the Army, Chapter XIII (search)
hat state of anxiety was at first unknown at Nashville, even to General Thomas, and was never fully appreciated or understood. No one at Nashville, so far as I am aware, shared that feeling. We knme he ordered General John A. Logan to go to Nashville to relieve Thomas in command of the Army of o the order for you to go to Louisville and Nashville for the purpose of relieving General Thomas, found that he had gone back to his house in Nashville, to which place I followed him. He appeared istance offered by the Confederate troops at Nashville was due not so much, perhaps, to any lack ofeat at Franklin, or at least on the 15th, at Nashville. But now I think he probably told me the exthe enemy; for he would not have suffered at Nashville the great losses and demoralization which ocnce from the first to the second position at Nashville and make the assault of December 16; and thain until General Thomas could concentrate at Nashville, and also to give Hood his deathblow at Fra[16 more...]
John M. Schofield, Forty-six years in the Army, Chapter XIV (search)
ood's motive in attempting the impossible at Nashville diversity of opinions concerning that battliderably by the arrival of cavalry sent from Nashville by General Thomas, especially Hammond's briglin, and Thomas's concentration of troops at Nashville, completely reversed the situation. When Hoely held. But successful operations against Nashville were far less possible to Hood than an invasdelay of General Thomas in attacking Hood at Nashville. It was perfectly evident that Thomas could Hood's desperate act in waiting in front of Nashville and inviting the destruction or capture of hor two more blows from the powerful enemy at Nashville to complete his destruction. Any estimate o headquarters Fourth Army Corps, near Nashville, Tenn., December 15, 1864, 11:20 P. M. Orderhose command had moved out that morning from Nashville by the Nolensville pike, and arrange a militI have thought myself entitled in respect to Nashville was for two incidental services which Genera[7 more...]
John M. Schofield, Forty-six years in the Army, Chapter XV (search)
e official Records in regard to Franklin and Nashville documents which have disappeared from the Ry commander who, besides the like service at Nashville, had commanded the army in the field, in thet but brilliant success of General Thomas at Nashville. (2) In the first letter from General Thoy under my immediate command from Pulaski to Nashville. The record fully shows that, from the necehing to see me in person as I passed through Nashville. War Records, Vol. XXXIX, part III, p. 6been any, that when I met General Thomas at Nashville, on my way to Johnsonville, he expected A. Js which were so foreign to his nature. At Nashville, in December, 1864, and afterward, General Tons which had been made to General Thomas at Nashville, and the name of their principal, if not soln, disparaging General Thomas's movements at Nashville. On the contrary, my recollection is that wssee River either above or below the city of Nashville, and get between him and the Ohio River, and[16 more...]
John M. Schofield, Forty-six years in the Army, Chapter XVI (search)
g Hill, and Franklin, as he came near doing, Nashville would have fallen an easy prey, for it was nmeet Hood in the open field, or even to hold Nashville against him, much less to hold the line of tJ. Smith's troops did not begin to arrive at Nashville until the day of the battle of Franklin (Nov force when the reinforcements ordered reach Nashville. Grant to Sherman. City Point, Vas army. . . . Hood would probably strike for Nashville, thinking by going north he could inflict grnstructed General Thomas to hold defensively Nashville, Chattanooga, and Decatur, all strongly fortld not risk supplies coming in transitu from Nashville to Chattanooga. In like manner, we have large supplies in Nashville, and if they be well guarded, and Hood can't get our supplies, he can't stspatches respecting a possible long siege of Nashville, Chattanooga, and Decatur; but he says in a ssee, especially the battles of Franklin and Nashville? By the first mails which reached Sherman[7 more...]
John M. Schofield, Forty-six years in the Army, Index (search)
movements, and measures for relieving him at Nashville, 192, 198, 237-240, 255, 260, 295, 324, 325;Thomas. Nov. 20, 1864, 201; sends troops to Nashville, 205, 206 Hawaiian Islands, a trip to the85; possibilities of S.'s earlier retreat to Nashville, 185; possibilities of Thomas moving againsttation, 316; probability of his striking for Nashville, 316; movements at Dallas, Cedartown, and Ac4, 1884, 239, 240; sent to relieve Thomas at Nashville, but recalled at Louisville, 239, 240, 295; 66; possibilities of Hood's getting between Nashville and, 185; detention of Granger at, 197; conc 165, 166; commanding Thomas's troops before Nashville, 166; meeting with Stanley at Pulaski, 166, esponsibility for operations from Pulaski to Nashville, 286; interview with Thomas at Nashville, 28 For details of the battles of Franklin and Nashville, and the antecedent movements, stands, and ereinforce Thomas, and his delays in reaching Nashville, 164, 168, 171, 185, 187, 190-194, 196, 201,[34 more...]