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 Posted: Sat Sep 6th, 2008 03:56 am
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Following up on the Hood/Spring Hill/Franklin/Nashville subject, after the fall of Atlanta to Sherman, Hood and Davis met to discuss Hood's plan to take his army into Alabama then Middle Tennessee. Davis agreed to let him pursue that objective.

But what if Hood instead had stayed in Georgia and pursued, harrassed and even battled Sherman again? That is what Sherman feared...that Hood would turn around and come back into Georgia. In fact, Sherman didn't leave Atlanta for the coast until he was certain Hood was truly committed to the Middle Tennessee campaign.

Of course, "what ifs" don't really get us very far because of all the assumptions that must be made.  But still, I  wonder if Hood should have dogged Sherman instead of taking on the seemingly impossible even quixotic mission of fighting his way through Tennessee.

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