ildebrand, of the Third Brigade, and other officers, visited the picket-line with me during the day. It was well understood all that day and night, throughout Sherman's division, that there was a large rebel force immediately in our front.
Buckland strengthened his pickets, and adds, Every officer in my brigade was fully aware of the danger, and such precautions were taken that a surprise was impossible.
Sherman's historical raid, pp. 81, 32.
Concerning the same reconnaissance, Major Picker wrote as follows:
When we got back to the picket-lines we found General Sherman there with infantry and artillery, caused by the heavy firing of the enemy on us. General Sherman asked me what was up. I told him I had met and fought the advance of Beauregard's army, that he was advancing on us. General Sherman said it could not be possible, Beauregard was not such a fool as to leave his base of operations and attack us in ours — mere reconnaissance in force.