“Attack Hood at once, and wait no longer for a remount of your cavalry”

We can wait no longer for an attack on Hood by Thomas.  I wrote him,

CITY POINT, VA., December 6, 1864 – 4 p. m.

Major General G. H. THOMAS,

Nashville, Tenn.:

Attack Hood at once, and wait no longer for a remount of your cavalry. There is great danger of delay resulting in a campaign back to the Ohio River.

U. S. GRANT,

Lieutenant-General.

 

He replied,

NASHVILLE, TENN., December 6, 1864 – 9 p. m.

Lieutenant General U. S. GRANT,

City Point:

Your telegram of 4 p. m. this day is just received. I will make the necessary disposition and attack Hood at once, agreeably to your order, though I believe it will be hazardous with the small force of cavalry now at my service.

GEO. H. THOMAS,

Major-General, U. S. Volunteers, Commanding.

 

The Papers of Ulysses S Grant, Vol 13, p 77

O.R., I, xlv, part 2, p 70