ay the enemy's cavalry was again very bold, coming well down to our front; yet I did not believe they designed anything but a strong demonstration.
General Sherman seems to deny with derision that his command was surprised on the morning of April 6th.
He says ( Memoirs, vol.
i., p. 244):
Probably no single battle of the war gave rise to such wild and damaging reports.
It was publicly asserted at the North that our army was taken completely by surprise, etc.
His denial is not cabase of operations and attack us in ours — mere reconnaissance in force.
General Buell says that, so far as preparation for battle is concerned, no army could well have been taken more by surprise than was the Army, of the Tennessee on the 6th of April.
Buell's letter, dated January 19, 1865, to United States service Magazine, republished in the New York World, February 29, 1865.
Van Horne's Army of the Cumberland, to which General Sherman's special advocate, Mr. Moulton, refers the r