Even though his small, invading army had taken ghastly casualties at Franklin, John Bell Hood continued to follow his Union foe as they strategically withdrew into the defense lines of Union General George Thomas at Nashville, Tennessee. Without scarcely considering his losses at Franklin, Hood now considered two options. He could attempt to siege Nashville and await a Federal attack, or he could bypass Nashville, which would leave Thomas’ forces at his rear and continue advancing into Tennessee. Yet, Hood was too late and his army now too small; Scofield’s Federals had withdrawn and Union forces had strongly entrenched on the hills outside of Nashville. On Friday, December 2, 1864 Hood opted to siege Nashville and moved his army into position in front of the Union defenses outside of Nashville.