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J. H. Wilson (search for this): chapter 4
may do a good deal of damage, and I have sent Wilson back with all dismounted cavalry, retaining on was dispatched with the same destination, and Wilson was sent back to Nashville with all dismounted I hope you will adopt Grant's idea of turning Wilson loose, When Sherman originally proposed to rst destroyed. It was then that he said: With Wilson turned loose with all your cavalry, you will fve than hitherto. This is the only mention of Wilson's name in Grant's despatches for weeks, and it911 in the Fourth corps, and 5,328 cavalry. Wilson says, in his official report, that on the 23rdve been more than 7,000 strong. Schofield and Wilson, however, both estimated it at 10,000. The Until Smith could arrive from Missouri and Wilson remount his cavalry, Schofield's force was theNovember, his command was still at St. Louis. Wilson, too, had great difficulty in remounting his csaid: As soon as Smith's troops arrive and General Wilson has the balance of his cavalry mounted, I [1 more...]
W. H. Wheeler (search for this): chapter 4
nding or delaying the movement. In this despatch Sherman reported Hood's entire strength at less than forty thousand men, exclusive of Forrest's cavalry, while Thomas, he said, had at least forty-five thousand or fifty thousand soldiers, besides the force that was promised from Rosecrans. As you foresaw, and as Jeff. Davis threatened, the enemy is now in the full tide of execution of his grand plan to destroy my communications and defeat this army. His infantry, about 30,000, with Wheeler and Roddy's cavalry, from 7,000 to 10,000, are now in the neighborhood of Tuscumbia and Florence, and the water being low, are able to cross at will. Forrest seems to be scattered from Eastport to Jackson, Paris, and the lower Tennessee, and General Thomas reports the capture by him of a gunboat and five transports. General Thomas has near Athens and Pulaski, Stanley's corps, about 15,000 strong, and Schofield's corps, 10,000, en route by rail; and has at least 20,000 to 25,000 men, with
Washington (search for this): chapter 4
ght him by far the greatest man who had occupied the Presidential chair since Washington. And in those qualities not purely intellectual, and yet far from devoid of sand. His enemies were ten times as numerous in the field as those with whom Washington contended. He had the great problem of emancipation to solve, which was not presented to Washington. He had a violent, numerous, dangerous party in his rear, constantly watching to thwart and defeat him; and though Washington knew something Washington knew something of this difficulty, the opposition to him was insignificant compared with that offered to Lincoln. America in Washington's time was an isolated and inconsiderable co. On the 14th of October, when Sherman was at Resaca, Grant telegraphed to Washington: It looks to me now that Hood has put himself into a position where his army homas, however, knew what was expected of him, and sent frequent telegrams to Washington, assuring the general-in-chief and the government of his own anxiety to under
lt feats in war for a pursuing army to overtake its enemy. The stimulus of danger seems always a sharper goad than the hope of victory. Sherman followed as far as Gaylesville, in the rich valley of the Chattooga, and there on the 19th, he determined to pause. The rebels had altogether failed to make him let go his hold of Atlanta, but had demonstrated their ability at all times to endanger the national communications. They had captured, though they could not hold, Big Shanty, Ackworth, Tilton, and Dalton, and destroyed thirty miles of railroad; and although Atlanta was not regained, Hood was actually at this moment threatening the invasion of Tennessee, while Forrest had crossed the Tennessee river, captured Athens, and cut the Nashville and Chattanooga railroad. These movements of the enemy disturbed, but did not change, the plans of the national commanders. On the 10th of October, Sherman said to Thomas, now at Nashville: Hood has crossed the Coosa. . . If he turns to Chatt
George H. Thomas (search for this): chapter 4
orized Sherman's movement, he said to Halleck: Thomas should be prepared to concentrate a force on Ho river, you will send them directly to Major-General Thomas, to confront and frustrate such a movemckson, Paris, and the lower Tennessee, and General Thomas reports the capture by him of a gunboat anneers waved him adieu, and turning his back on Thomas and Hood, Sherman set out on his march to the rate whatever force it was possible to give to Thomas, on whom the brunt of the next fighting was ceorrest had escaped from Tennessee, he directed Thomas to replace all the guards on the roads to Chatut never flinched. This day Sherman said: General Thomas is well alive to the occasion, and better lle with the Tennessee. This point was one of Thomas's bases of supplies, and the approach of Forreorrest's cavalry. See Appendix for Returns of Thomas and Hood, during October, November, and Decembrk out his own problem, without interference. Thomas, however, knew what was expected of him, and s[80 more...]
Gadsden (Alabama, United States) (search for this): chapter 4
time his forces were in position, Hood had again escaped and moved in a southwesterly direction, to the neighborhood of Gadsden. He was encumbered with few trains and marched with great celerity; evidently anxious to avoid a battle. It is one of Tennessee, west of Huntsville, let him go, and then we can all turn on him, and he cannot escape... I will follow him to Gadsden, and then want my whole army united for the grand move into Georgia. On the 14th of October, when Sherman was at Resans which the general-in-chief had to contemplate, and these cares he had to sustain. Hood, meanwhile, had remained at Gadsden only one day, to issue supplies, and on the 21st of October, he took up his line of march for the Tennessee. On the 26th, he arrived at Tuscumbia, on that river, a hundred miles west of Gadsden. This made it evident that the invasion of Tennessee was actually contemplated, and the same day Sherman detached the Fourth corps, with orders to proceed to Chattanooga an
Gulf of Mexico (search for this): chapter 4
to confront and frustrate such a movement. . . General Sherman will be instructed that no force, except that already south of the Tennessee and such as General Canby can send, will be used between the Tennessee river and the Atlantic and the Gulf of Mexico. If he goes south, he must take care of himself, without the support of a pursuing column. Then, as if with a premonition of what was about to occur, and to answer objection in advance, he continued: I am satisfied, on full and mature refle oppose the advance to the sea. It was therefore indispensable that Sherman should have alternatives; if repelled or thwarted in one direction, he must be free to turn in another; if he could not reach the Atlantic coast, he must make for the Gulf of Mexico. Thus, at the very moment of starting, neither he nor Grant knew what point would be the terminus of his march; and in this last despatch to the general-in-chief, Sherman said: If I start before I hear further from you, or before further dev
Alleghany Mountains (United States) (search for this): chapter 4
he Gulf of Mexico, steamers on the Missouri and the Mississippi, railways east and west of the Alleghanies—all were busy conveying forces and stores for the same object; the troops of Rosecrans, ands thus at the apex of a triangle, and was by far the most important strategic point west of the Alleghanies and north of the Tennessee. On the road to Stevenson, the principal positions are Murfreesck, received a military importance during the campaign. This whole region, lying west of the Alleghanies, forms part of the Valley of the Mississippi. The country is undulating or level, and one of either position; for the entire strength of the Confederacy between the Mississippi and the Alleghanies was concentrated in front of Schofield. On the 20th of November, there were reported preset from Grant. He was now in command of all the national troops between the Mississippi and the Alleghanies. To him, from this moment, was committed the defence, not only of Tennessee, but of all th
Augusta (Georgia, United States) (search for this): chapter 4
was about to occur, and to answer objection in advance, he continued: I am satisfied, on full and mature reflection, that Sherman's idea of striking across for the sea-coast is the best way to rid Tennessee and Kentucky of the threatened danger, and to make the war felt. I do not believe that General Sherman can maintain his communications with Atlanta with his whole force. He can break such an extent of roads that the enemy will be effectually cut in two for several months, by which time Augusta and Savannah can be occupied. Rawlins, however, was intensely opposed to the proposed march of Sherman, and had combated it with every argument at his disposal. Grant, as a rule, allowed his staff to present their views on military matters freely, and some of them were accustomed to do so with great ability; but when once his decisions were made, they received them as final, and did whatever was in their power to make them succeed. But in this instance, the anxiety of Rawlins led him t
Mobile Bay (Alabama, United States) (search for this): chapter 4
sville; that I break up the road between Columbus and Macon good, and then, if I feign on Columbus, will move via Macon and Millen to Savannah; or if I feign on Macon, you may take it for granted I have shot off towards Opelika, Montgomery, and Mobile bay or Pensacola. He concluded: I will not attempt to send couriers back, but trust to the Richmond papers to keep you well advised. . . I will see that the road is broken completely between the Etowa and the Chattahoochee, and that Atlanta itsetegist. Supplies had already been ordered from Washington to the neighborhood of Savannah, but clothing for sixty thousand men as well as rations for thirty days, and forage for fifteen thousand horses for the same time, were now collected near Mobile bay, to await the possibility of Sherman's appearance there. At the same time, A. J. Smith had been ordered with ten thousand men, from Missouri to Tennessee. Transports on the Atlantic and in the Gulf of Mexico, steamers on the Missouri and the
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