Hood's real intention, however, seems to have been to push beyond Gadsden into Middle Tennessee.
2Davis met with Beauregard in Augusta, Georgia, on October 2, as part of his visit to Hood's army at Palmetto. There Davis and gave Beauregard command of the newly created Department of the West, responsible for the five Southern states from Georgia to the Mississippi River, with the armies of Hood and Richard Taylor under his command. Beauregard would officially take command on October 17th. He later stated he didn't believe he had actual authority to order Hood at this point.