Did Hood Scheme His Way to Army Command?

jackt62

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I think perhaps Grant realized Sherman was on to something with his Georgia Campaign. Taking Georgia out of the war may have seemed a more important objective than Hood. Hood became a sideshow. Thoughts?
As we all know, Grant and Sherman made the right decision in marching through Georgia, rather than in pursuing Hood's AoT. But that is hindsight, so it is truly remarkable that Grant had the foresight to approve Sherman's plan and let the AoT head towards Tennessee, with Thomas acting as the backstop. But despite the success of Sherman's movement, Grant had to have maintained some level of anxiety and must have kept a close eye on the whereabouts of the AoT until it was finally dealt a deadly blow at Nashville. The AoT still remained a potent force at least until it reached middle Tennessee. Although Hood's blunders at Spring Hill and Franklin weakened the AoT, Grant was still concerned enough that he was frantically urging on Thomas to commit to stopping Hood, which of course, he did.
 

Dave DuBrucq

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As we all know, Grant and Sherman made the right decision in marching through Georgia, rather than in pursuing Hood's AoT. But that is hindsight, so it is truly remarkable that Grant had the foresight to approve Sherman's plan and let the AoT head towards Tennessee, with Thomas acting as the backstop. But despite the success of Sherman's movement, Grant had to have maintained some level of anxiety and must have kept a close eye on the whereabouts of the AoT until it was finally dealt a deadly blow at Nashville. The AoT still remained a potent force at least until it reached middle Tennessee. Although Hood's blunders at Spring Hill and Franklin weakened the AoT, Grant was still concerned enough that he was frantically urging on Thomas to commit to stopping Hood, which of course, he did.
Agree on all counts. I believe both Lincoln and Grant had a significant degree of anxiety over Sherman's march, but Grant also had a great deal of confidence in Sherman's ability to succeed. If it had been anyone else, Grant may have disapproved the
action. Perhaps Grant was a little too anxious over Thomas in Nashville. He believed Thomas was slow to act and had actually dispatched Major General John Logan to relieve him. Thomas, who had what in my opinion were good reasons for his delay, acted before Logan could complete his mission and scored a major victory, routing the AoT.
 

John S. Carter

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He also didn't want to get involved in a retrograde movement that would have resembled his cat and mouse stalking of the AoT when Johnston commanded. Only with Hood, it would have been going backwards.
Did he not send a part of his army to keep him away while he marched to the coast? Sherman mission was to make Georgia howl and he successfully did this by living off of the generosity of the people of Georgia and then the people of South Carolina. .
 

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