did not press us during the night—The troopswere placed in position, intrenchments thrown up where none existed & every exertion made to render the position secure—The enemy have made no serious demonstrations during the day—Our cavalry on the Kingston road have been skirmishing all the afternoon & have been pressed slowly back—and the enemy's pickets are now about two miles from town—His advance today has not been vigorous & he is evidently holding back for the arrival of his artillery or the developement of some flank movement—If he should assault our position here I think we can give a good account of ourselves—They still have a force on the other side of the river with pickets in sight of ours but have made no demonstrations to day." ALS (telegram sent), DNA, RG 94, Generals' Papers and Books, Burnside; telegram received, ibid., War Records Office, Dept. of the Ohio. O. R., I, xxxi, part 1, 268.
Head Quarters, Mil. Div. of the Miss.
Chattanooga Ten. Nov. 18th 1863.
MAJ. GEN. W. T. SHERMAN,
COMD. G DEPT. & ARMY OF THE TEN.
Enclosed herewith I send you copy of instructions to Maj. Gen. Thomas. 1 You having been over the ground, in person, and having heard the whole matter discussed, 2 further instructions will not be necessary for you.
It is particularly desirable that a force should be got through to the rail-road between Cleveland and Dalton and Longstreet thus cut off from communication with the South, but being confronted by a large force here, strongly located, it is not easy to tell how this is to be effected until the result of our first effort is known. I will add however what is not shown in my instructions to Gen. Thomas that one Brigade of Cavalry has been ordered here which, if it arrives in time, will be thrown across the Tennessee, above Chickamauga, and may be able to make the trip to Cleveland or thereabouts. 3
I am Gen. Very respectfully
your obt. svt.
U. S. GRANT
Maj. Gen. Comd.g