Beauregard has taken charge of the western rebel operations, and Sherman is making sure that Thomas has the resources to defend Tennessee against him. But Sherman isn’t going north — ” I propose myself to push straight down into the heart of Georgia, smashing thinks generally.”
HDQRS. MILITARY DIVISION OF THE MISSISSIPPI,
In the Field, Rome, Ga., October 29, 1864.
I have your dispatches to-day. I have pushed Beauregard to the WEST of Decatur, but I know he is pledged to invade Tennessee and Kentucky, having his base on the old Mobile and Ohio road. I have put Thomas in Tennessee and given him as many troops as he thinks necessary, but I don’t want to leave it to chance, and therefore would like to have Smith’s and Mower’s DIVISIONS up the Tennessee River as soon as possible. Could you get them on board of boats at Booneville or higher up and let the boats run to Paducah where orders would meet them! I propose myself to push straight down into the heart of Georgia, smashing things generally.
W. T. SHERMAN,