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upon a single line of railroad, running from Nashville to Atlanta, a distance of two hundred and nipidly advancing towards the railroad between Nashville and Chattanooga, two hundred miles in Shermaorcements from Kentucky, and concentrated at Nashville every man he could spare from the rear, whilst to troops coming up from Kentucky to hold Nashville and forward to Chattanooga. On the 28th, heam therefore glad you have ordered troops to Nashville. The emergency itself inspired him with bol calls that the chief should at once protect Nashville, three hundred miles in the rear, and take AThomas has, and the reserves soon to come to Nashville, and for me to destroy Atlanta, and then marsee, threatening the line between Thomas and Nashville. On the 3rd of October, Hood reached Lost M force when the reinforcements ordered reach Nashville. Grant, however, with his usual desire toeft at home. Hood would probably strike for Nashville, thinking that by going north, he could infl[1 more...]
ame destination, and Wilson was sent back to Nashville with all dismounted detachments, and orderede to defend the railroad from Chattanooga to Nashville, and still have an army with which he could nstructed General Thomas to hold defensively Nashville, Chattanooga, and Decatur, all strongly fortf the strategy which enveloped a continent. Nashville, the capital of the state, is situated on the other extends south-westerly, to Decatur. Nashville is thus at the apex of a triangle, and was bmbia, Pulaski, and Athens. By either route, Nashville is about one hundred and fifty miles from thah, empties at last into the Ohio. Between Nashville and the Memphis and Charleston road the onlyld not hold, cut both the railroads south of Nashville, and seized some scattered stores. He had ntern terminus of a short railroad connecting Nashville with the Tennessee. This point was one of Toyed. At this juncture Schofield arrived at Nashville with the advance of the Twenty-third corps, [9 more...]
o further than Washington topography around Nashville dispositions of Hood and Thomas Thomas's pnt dispositions results of campaign against Nashville criticism of Hood behavior of national trod rear were insecure, and communication with Nashville was threatened. Schofield considered that tf December they assumed position in front of Nashville. At 11.30 P. M. on the 30th of November, nemy, and there was no telegraph line out of Nashville except to the North. These were not the fruunt of Thomas's cavalry, or even the fate of Nashville, was insignificant. What added to his solent on. In the meantime, the situation at Nashville was becoming daily more humiliating and dang an order was made out for him to proceed to Nashville. He was informed that he was to take commann road, a distance of nearly eight miles. Nashville lies in one of the numerous bends of the Cumnumbers, the rebel command entrenched before Nashville. There was thus no necessity for the fallin[58 more...]
digious. The realities of war were brought home for the first time to many who had been instrumental in involving both the North and the South in its calamities; while the march of a national army directly through the Confederacy was a demonstration that the government was irresistible. Sixty thousand men had been transferred to a position from which Grant could either move them at once against Richmond, or attempt whatever other military enterprise he deemed desirable. The victory at Nashville, occurring almost on the same day on which Sherman reached the sea, made a completeness of success, extending over half a continent, seldom rivalled in war. The justification of Sherman's original boldness and of Grant's comprehensive sagacity was absolute. The whole country rang with applause. Antiquity was searched for a parallel, and the march of Sherman was compared with that of Xenophon. And, indeed, the disappearance of an army for a month from the outside world, its passage thro
e dismay that had been struck to the heart of the South all along the route through Georgia was renewed and repeated at Nashville, and before men became used to the portentous news from the West, they were startled by the sound of Porter's bombardmee, and those in pursuit had reached it, Thomas had not much more than half crossed the state, from which he returned to Nashville to take steamer for Eastport. He is possessed of excellent judgment, great coolness and honesty, but he is not good inwever, was dissatisfied with Rosecrans, and in December that commander was relieved, while Smith reported to Thomas at Nashville. All these operations were almost independent of Grant. He sent a few orders, and forwarded troops when he could spcould have collected their own horses. Yet it was to collect and equip this cavalry that Thomas had delayed so long at Nashville, and, after two weeks pursuit of the enemy, he was unwilling to send it out again without another season of equipping a
to execute your orders to the conclusion, and, when done, will with intense satisfaction leave to the civil authorities the execution of the task of which they seem so jealous. But, as an honest man and a soldier, I invite them to go back to Nashville, for they will see some things and hear some things that may disturb their philosophy. With sincere respect, W. T. Sherman, Major-General commanding. P. S. As Mr. Stanton's most singular paper has been published, I demand that this also Lieutenant-General R. Taylor42,293 Army of the Trans-Mississippi Department, General E. K. Smith17,686 Paroled in the Department of Washington3,390 Paroled in Virginia, Tennessee, Georgia, Alabama, Louisiana, and Texas13,922 Surrendered at Nashville and Chattanooga, Tenn5,029 —— Total174,223 Adjutant-General's office, January 3, 1881 General Breck to Author. War Department, Adjutant-General's office, Washington. July 29, 1868. Brevet Brigadier-General Adam Badeau, Headquarters, A
ops during investment by Bragg, 436; road to Nashville opened by Grant, 451; base of Sherman's Atla rebel batteries 239; closed above and below Nashville, 250. Curtis, General N. M., at Fort Fish, 212; at Murfreesboro, 250; in retreat from Nashville, 260, 261. Foster, General John G., assum Granny White road rebel line of retreat at Nashville, III., 254, 259. Grant, General Ulysses Soyalty to duty of, II., 462, 541; ordered to Nashville to command army of Cumberland, III., 249. nders Holly Springs, 138; cashiered, 139. Nashville, battle of, III., 249-279. Nashville, sitNashville, situation at, in December, 184, III., 210-234; topography of, 249. National army, right of suffrage210; battle of Franklin, 211-214; retires to Nashville, 214; at battle of Nashville, 251, 257; ordee, 202-210; orders Schofield's retreat to Nashville, 214; further delay of; 215-242; Grant's per; at battle of Winchester, III., 30; sent to Nashville to collect cavalry, 163; difficulty in remou[3 more...]