This Week in the Civil War - #966
John Bell Hood’s much anticipated invasion of Tennessee began on Monday, November 21, 1864, with Hood leaving Florence, Alabama and heading northward toward Tennessee. Hood wanted to get between Federal forces at Pulaski and Nashville. With Benjamin Cheatham’s corps leading, other units under Stephen Lee and A.P. Stewart followed, as Nathan Bedford Forrest’s cavalry now guarded the army’s flanks. In all, Hood’s forces included some thirty thousand infantry and eight thousand cavalry. As Hood advanced into Tennessee, Union forces under John Scofield wisely withdrew from Pulaski toward Columbia to avoid being flanked. Clearly, a major battle would be soon be fought to determine Tennessee’s fate. The essential question would be which army would maneuver into position to command the best, and most, strategic ground for the battle to come?