NASHVILLE, November 30, 1864.
MAJOR GENERAL SCHOFIELD, Franklin:
General Smith reported to me this morning that one division of his troops is still behind. We must therefore try to hold Hood where he now is until these troops can get up and the steamers return. After that we will concentrate here, reorganize our cavalry, and try Hood again. Do you think you can hold Hood at Franklin for three days longer? Answer, giving your views; and I should like to know what Wilson thinks he can do to aid you in holding Hood.
GEO. H. THOMAS.
Major-General U. S. Vols., Comd’g.