October 28, 1864: Not going after Hood

William Tecumseh Sherman

Sherman tells Halleck that he’s not going back northwest after Hood.

Official Records 79:476


ROME, GA., October 28, 1864-8. 30 p. m.
(Received 12 p. m.)
Major General H. W. HALLECK,
Chief of Staff:

The rebel army is now before Decatur, Ala. I think the place strong and can hold out, and that it will delay Beauregard till General Thomas can make his preparations. I have sent Stanley’s corps to Chattanooga, and may also send Schofield’s; but I do not want to go back myself with the whole army, as that is what the enemy wants. if you can re-enforce Thomas and enable him to hold Tennessee I will soon make Hood let go, for when I get my sick and wounded to the rear I will start for Macon. The railroad is now done.

W. T. SHERMAN,
Major-General.

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