WITH A DESCRIPTION OFThe Greatest Cavalry Movement of the WarANDGeneral James H. Wilsonís Cavalry Operationsin Tennessee, Alabama, and Georgia.
y he would be compelled to act on the defensive. But he added, in closing: "The moment I can get my cavalry, I will march against Hood, and if Forrest can be reached he shall be punished."
The day after General Schofield's brilliant and effective battle at Franklin, Thomas made known to Halleck his confidence that Hood could not cross the Cumberland, and therefore thought it best to wait until Wilson could equip his cavalry, as he then felt certain he could whip Hood. Next, the President, through Secretary Stanton, stirred General Grant up by a telegram stating that Mr. Lincoln felt "solicitous about the disposition of Thomas to lay in fortifications for an indefinite period, 'until Wilson gets equipments.'"
THE PANIC AT WASHINGTON.
In spite of the plainest statements of the situation, of the great disparity of forces, of the dictates of prudence to remain on the defensive until he could strike an effective blow, which he expected to deliver in a few days, Thomas was prodded and nagged fr