ple will cripple their military resources.
By attempting to hold the roads we will lose one thousand men monthly, and will gain no result.
I can make the march and make Georgia howl. . . .
On the 10th, he learned that Hood had crossed the Coosa river, between Rome and the railroad.
He was compelled again to follow, but on the way he telegraphed to Grant: Hood is now crossing the Coosa, twelve miles below Rome—bound west.
If he passes over to the Mobile and Ohio road, had I not better exwith his usual ardor, had not waited for Grant's reply, but on the 11th, he sent the following despatch, dated the same hour with Grant's—eleven A. M. Hood moved his army from Palmetto station, across by Dallas and Cedartown, and is now on the Coosa river, south of Rome.
He threw one corps on my road at Ackworth, and I was forced to follow.
I hold Atlanta with the Twentieth corps, and have strong detachments along my line.
This reduces my active force to a comparatively small army.