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Rome, Ga. (Georgia, United States) (search for this): chapter 4
damage as is possible, reaching the seacoast near one of the points indicated, trusting that Thomas with his present troops, and the influx of new troops promised, will be able in a few days to assume the offensive. Hood's cavalry may do a good deal of damage, and I have sent Wilson back with all dismounted cavalry, retaining only about 4,500. This is the best I can do, and shall therefore, when I get to Atlanta the necessary stores, move south as soon as possible. Sherman to Grant, Rome, Georgia, November 1, 9 A. M. This statement of the relative strength of the two armies at once reassured and decided Grant. At 11.30 A. M. on the 2nd, having yet no response to his own message of the night before, he telegraphed again to Sherman: Your despatch of nine A. M. yesterday is just received. I despatched you the same date, advising that Hood's army, now that it had worked so far north, ought to be looked upon more as the object. With the force, however, you have left General Thomas
Virginia (Virginia, United States) (search for this): chapter 4
ion in victory or despondency in adverse fortune —these were superadded to a clearness and soundness of judgment almost unrivalled, and a power of lucid and exact expression so absolute that when he was in earnest, a child could not mistake his meaning; a broadness of intellect that comprehended a continent, a fertility of resource in emergencies, displayed in a hundred battles, and a grand power of administration that carried on the campaigns in Georgia and on the sea-coast, in West and East Virginia, and beyond the Mississippi—all at the same time without confusion, and made each tend to the success of every other. Mingled with these was a tender-heartedness that could not bear the sight of unnecessary pain; a clemency for the vanquished never surpassed, and which indeed transcended not only the expectation of the enemy, but the wishes of many of his own friends; a regard for the feelings of others that spared them mortification, sometimes at the risk of his own fame; a carelessne
Selma (Alabama, United States) (search for this): chapter 4
country in which we have an interest, and he has orders, if Hood turns to follow me, to push for Selma. No single army can catch him, and I am convinced the best results will follow from our defeatihim to turn and follow me, in which event you should cross at Decatur and move directly towards Selma, as far as you can transport supplies. Thomas replied on the 12th: I have no fears that Beauregother from Baton Rouge. As large a force as can be sent, said Grant, ought to go to Meridian or Selma. . . The road from Jackson should be well broken, and as much damage as possible done to the Mobbeing at the junction with the road leading into Mississippi and Alabama, by way of Meridian and Selma. The Tennessee river runs west from Chattanooga, and south of the railroad, nearly to Corinth; at last found a base, and railroad communication was uninterrupted in his rear, from Corinth to Selma and Mobile. The troops beyond the Mississippi had been ordered to reinforce him, and the only s
Cumberland River (Kentucky, United States) (search for this): chapter 4
ich secured our present position. This withdrawal, however, was to be temporary only, and with characteristic forethought, Grant continued: Open to the rear all enclosed works, so that when we want to retake them, they will not be directed against us. Tennessee, however, was the theatre where the interest of the war now culminated; the key-point, at this juncture, of the strategy which enveloped a continent. Nashville, the capital of the state, is situated on the south bank of the Cumberland river, thirty or forty miles from the Kentucky line, and midway between the eastern and western boundaries. It is connected with the North by a single railroad, starting from Louisville, on the Ohio, two hundred miles away. Along this road the principal reinforcements and supplies had passed for Sherman and Thomas since the beginning of April. Southward, two lines run from Nashville to the great railway which connects Chattanooga with the Mississippi—the Memphis and Charleston road. One o
Tullahoma (Tennessee, United States) (search for this): chapter 4
il. Southward, two lines run from Nashville to the great railway which connects Chattanooga with the Mississippi—the Memphis and Charleston road. One of these lines runs south-east, and strikes the Chattanooga road at Stevenson; the other extends south-westerly, to Decatur. Nashville is 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 Murfreesboroa, Tullahoma, and Decherd; on the western line—Franklin, Columbia, Pulaski, and Athens. By either route, Nashville is about one hundred and fifty miles from the Memphis and Charleston road, along which the points of importance are Chattanooga, Stevenson, Huntsville, Decatur, Tuscumbia, and Corinth; the last-named place being at the junction with the road leading into Mississippi and Alabama, by way of Meridian and Selma. The Tennessee river runs west from Chattanooga, and south of the railroad, nearl
Ossabaw Sound (Georgia, United States) (search for this): chapter 4
n earnest, and on the same day, October 13th, he issued full and detailed instructions to Halleck to provide supplies for Sherman on his arrival at the coast. Vessels should be got ready loaded with grain, ordnance-stores, and provisions;—say two hundred thousand rations of grain and fifty thousand rations of provision, and one hundred rounds of ammunition for that number of infantry. . . Soon after it is known that Sherman has started south, these vessels should sail, and rendezvous at Ossabaw Sound. I take it, the first supplies will have to be received by way of that river. In the same despatch he gave directions for the coopera-tion of Canby and Foster, and added: Information should be got to Sherman of all preparations made to meet him on the sea-coast. General Sherman was evidently unacquainted with the contents of these despatches when he wrote in his Memoirs, Vol. II., page 166, that November 2nd was the first time that General Grant assented to the march to the sea. T
Savannah (Georgia, United States) (search for this): chapter 4
south, stores will be shipped to Hilton Head, where there are transports ready to take them to Savannah. In case you go south, I would not propose holding anything south of Chattanooga, certainly noads 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, aen 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, Montgomerouth Carolina, was directed to send a force to destroy the railroad in Sherman's front, between Savannah and Charleston. I think it would have a good effect to make the attempt . . even if it should xperienced strategist. 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
Thomas, Tennessee (Tennessee, United States) (search for this): chapter 4
rman, with the pick and flower of his army, men, horses, pontoons even,— whatever he chose to take, all in the best state of preparation, had marched in another direction; and a desperate effort, it was evident, was about to be made to strike at Thomas, whose fragmentary command was still scattered from Missouri to East Tennessee. The very boldness of Hood's movement was calculated to affect the spirit of his troops. They knew, if defeated, that no other army remained, or could be collectedelay the capture of Richmond; but he soon explained the paradox. Most of them were extremely anxious in regard to Sherman, whose romantic enterprise had affected the public imagination far more than the greater but more ordinary peril of Thomas, in Tennessee. Grant, however, allayed their fears: he showed them how Thomas being set to hold Hood, and Sheridan retained to watch Early, while Meade and Butler held fast to Lee, left no large force to oppose the advance of Sherman; and that Sherman
Knoxville (Tennessee, United States) (search for this): chapter 4
of fifteen hundred men under General Gillem, stationed near Morristown, in East Tennessee, driving them back as far as Knoxville, with a national loss of about two hundred, in killed, wounded, and prisoners. Thomas at once gave directions to Stoneman, at Louisville, and to Steedman at Chattanooga, to reinforce Knoxville. On the 16th, he telegraphed: Ammen reported that he had sent reinforcements to General Gillem. On the 17th: I heard from Steedman this morning that he was preparing last night to reinforce Knoxville, in accordance with my directions. . He will be able to send two thousand men. . . Stoneman telegraphs me, from Louisville, that he can concentrate five mounted regiments in three days, to go to the relief of General Ammefterwards ordered to leave a portion of his command in that neighborhood; while Breckenridge attracted a large force to Knoxville, in East Tennessee, at the moment when every man, at every hazard, should have been concentrated in front of Hood. For
Panama City (Panama) (search for this): chapter 4
officers; either in the old army, or at West Point as cadets; and the knowledge of their character he thus obtained was extremely useful to him at this time. He often said of those opposed to him: I know exactly what that general will do; I am glad such an one is in my front; I would rather fight this one, than another. So also with those who were now his subordinates; what he had learned of them in garrison, on the Canada frontier, or at the West, before the Indians, or crossing the isthmus of Panama, in cholera time,— all was of use now. No man was better able to predict what an individual would do in an emergency, if he had known or seen much of him before. The most ordinary circumstance to him betrayed character; and as we sat around our fire at City Point, he told stories by the hour of adventures in the Mexican war, or rides on the prairies, or intercourse with Californian miners, which threw a flood of light on the immense events in which the same actors were now engaged. A
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