December 6, 1864: Hood moving on Nashville

John Bell Hood

The Richmond Daily Dispatch reports that the Yankees are trembling at the approach of Hood.

Hood’s advance on Nashville.

We are still, and may be some days, without direct intelligence from General Hood. In the meantime, we hear from him very satisfactorily through the Yankee papers. The fear and trembling of the Yankees at Nashville is so manifest in their telegrams from that place, and their efforts to keep their courage up so transparent as to be quite amusing. After telling us that a battle of terrible fury is imminent, they say “we do not believe General Thomas has any fears of the result. He is not as weak as he would make the rebels believe. General Thomas has prepared a trap for the rebels. We will not tremble for the result; but we feel strong and hopeful for the cause, and confidently look for victory to perch upon our banners. Our troops are brave and General Thomas is an able commander,” etc., etc.

It is clear to us from all this that they do “tremble for the result,” and, we think, with good cause. Hood’s star, for the first time since he commanded in the Southwest, is in the ascendant, and he is just the man to push his luck.–His energy and dash will now serve him in good stead and carry confusion to his antagonist. Thomas, upon whom the Yankees rely to deliver them out of their difficulties, is “Leatherhead” Thomas, of the old army, so called from his impenetrable stupidity and tortoise-like slowness, both of intellect and motion. He is a poor dependence in such a conjuncture of military affairs as the Yankees themselves describe.

We look with the utmost confidence for news of a great decisive victory in Tennessee.

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