Category Archives: George Thomas

January 3, 1865: Where’s Hood?

Thomas wants to know where Hood’s army is, and where he’s heading. Meanwhile, Hood hears there could be an attack on Columbus, Mississippi, and is headquartered for the moment in Corinth. Official Records: PULASKI, January 3, 1865-9 a.m. Brigadier-General GRANGER: … Continue reading

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December 23, 1864: News of Hood

The Richmond Daily Dispatch discusses what Hood is doing after the defeat at Nashville. They’re skeptical, but it doesn’t really sound too good. From Hood’s army. The latest intelligence from the “pursuit” of General Hood is from Nashville on the … Continue reading

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December 19, 1864: Richmond Dispatch on Hood’s defeat

The Richmond Daily Dispatch seems to be getting a bit downhearted. In this editorial comment, in the space of a few sentences they say that reports of Hood’s defeat at Nashville are not true, that Hood was really just heading … Continue reading

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December 16, 1864: Second day at Nashville

Even the President sent his congratulations to Thomas after his first day’s battle at Nashville, admonishing him to follow up on the success. Thomas continues to drive Hood’s routed army, taking more prisoners and guns. His estimate of his casualties … Continue reading

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December 15, 1864: Battle of Nashville

From Sherman’s official report: After making communications to those officers, and a short communication to the War Department, I returned to Fort McAllister that night, and before daylight was overtaken by Major Strong, of General Foster’s staff, advising me that … Continue reading

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November 30, 1864: Battle of Franklin

Schofield was fortified in the town of Franklin, TN, about 16 miles south of Nashville, when Hood attacked with two corps. While the opposing forces were of about equal strength, approximately 25,000, Hood suffered three times as many casualties as … Continue reading

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November 2, 1864: Sherman’s convinced Grant

Sherman’s and Grant’s messages from yesterday crossed in transit, apparently, and Grant is now convinced that Thomas has enough strength to take care of Hood. Grant gives his consent for Sherman to make the march. Official Records: CITY POINT, VA., … Continue reading

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November 1, 1864: Grant to Sherman — shouldn’t you get Hood first?

Grant suggests to Sherman that maybe he should take care of Hood before heading south, but Sherman isn’t having any. He knows that Hood would just retreat westward, and it would waste Sherman’s efforts so far. He’s determined to head … Continue reading

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October 27, 1864: Sherman pares down his forces

Thomas needs troops to defend Tennessee in Sherman’s rear, and in any case Sherman has to have a highly mobile force for his planned march. Here Sherman sends the Fourth Corps to the rear, as well as other troops who … Continue reading

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October 27, 1864: Sherman pares down his ranks

Thomas needs troops to defend Tennessee in Sherman’s rear, and in any case Sherman has to have a highly mobile force for his planned march. Here Sherman sends the Fourth Corps to the rear, as well as other troops who … Continue reading

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