OR, Series 1, Vol. 45, Part 1, Page 657

Headquarters Army of Tennessee
Near Nashville, Tenn.
December 11, 1864
Hon. James A. Seddon
Secretary of War
Richmond, Va.
   I think the position of this army is now such as to force the enemy to take the initiative. Middle Tennessee, although much injured by the enemy, will furnish an abundance of commissary stores, but ordnance and certain quartermaster's stores will have to come from the rear, and therefore it is very important that the railroad should be repaired at once from Cherokee to Decatur. The cars can now run from here to Pulaski on the Tennessee & Alabama Railroad {Nashville & Decatur RR}, and we have sufficient rolling-stock captured from the enemy to answer our purposes. I will endeavor to put this road in order from Pulaski to Decatur as soon as possible.
Very respectfully, your obedient servant,
J. B. Hood