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,
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,
NASHVILLE, TENN., December 6, 1864 – 9 p. m.
Lieutenant General U. S. GRANT,
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