I received the following reply from Gen. Sherman concerning Forrest’s raid.
SCOTTSBOROUGH, March 27, 1864.
Your dispatch received. I had already ordered Veatch with five regiments, who was at Paducah last night, to hurry up the Tennessee and strike inland to intercept Forrest; also that Grierson should follow and attack Forrest, no matter what the odds.
I have with McPherson been examining our bridges at Decatur and Larkin’s. To-night I go to Chattanooga and to-morrow to Knoxville. I will be at Nashville in three days with a full knowledge of all matters pertaining to this army.
W. T. SHERMAN,
The Papers of Ulysses S Grant, Vol 10, p 229
O.R., I, xxxii, part 3, p 165