“You have the congratulations of the public for the energy with which you are pushing Hood”

Latest reports are that Gen. Thomas is aggressively following up his victory against Hood.  I wrote him,

CITY POINT, VA., December 22, 1864.

Major-General THOMAS,

Nashville, Tenn.:

You have the congratulations of the public for the energy with which you are pushing Hood. I hope you will succeed in reaching his pontoon bridge at Tuscumbia before he gets there. Should you do it, it looks to me that Hood is cut off. If you succeed in destroying Hood’s army, there will be but one army left to the so-called Confederacy capable of doing us harm. I will take care of that and try to draw the sting from it, so that in the spring we shall have easy sailing. You now have a big opportunity, which I know you are availing yourself of. Let us push and do all we can before the enemy can derive benefit either from the raising of negro troops or the concentration of white troops now in field.

U. S. GANT,

Lieutenant-General.

 

The Papers of Ulysses S Grant, Vol 13, p 151

O.R., I, xlv, part 2, p 307

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