er, though he had ever been a gallant and resolute subordinate officer.
General Beauregard, therefore, expressed his solicitude as to the execution of the operation.
Among other objections he urged the lack of time in which to prepare a new base of operations, either at Tuscumbia—near which the Memphis and Charleston Railroad was said to be in good condition— or at some point on the Mobile and Ohio Railroad, north of Corinth, should our army be forced to cross the Tennessee, at Clifton or Savannah, to escape pursuit by. Sherman with greatly superior forces.
General Hood argued that the two roads were in fair condition, and, if necessary, could be materially improved before he was likely to have need of them; that he would find ample supplies in Middle Tennessee, and, besides, would get those of the enemy.
He said he would take his pontoon-train with him, and thus be enabled to cross the Tennessee at any point he thought advantageous, should he be compelled to retire his forces; a