ALS, DLC-William T. Sherman. O. R., I, xxxi, part 2, 32.
On Nov. 11, USG had endorsed a letter of Oct. 30 from Brig. Gen. George Crook, Maysville, Ala., to Secretary of War Edwin M. Stanton urging the pro- motion of Long. "Recommended and respectfully forwarded to Hd Qrs. of the Army Washington D. C." AES, DNA, RG 94, ACP, 239L CB 1863. Long was appointed brig. gen. as of Aug. 18, 1864.
Head Quarters Mil. Div. of the Miss.
Chattanooga, Ten., November 18th 1863.
MAJ. GEN. GEO. H. THOMAS
COMDG. DEPT. & ARMY OF THE CUMBERLAND
All preparations should be made for attacking the enemys position on Missionary Ridge by Saturday morning, at daylight. 1 Not being provided with map giving names of roads, spurs of the Mountain and other places such definite instructions cannot be given as might be desirable. However, the general plan you understand is for Sherman, with the force brought with him, strengthened by a Division from your command 2 to effect a crossing of the Tennessee River just below the mouth of Chicamauga; his crossing to be protected by Artillery from the hights on the north bank of the river, (to be located by your Chief of Artillery) and to carry the hights from the northern extremity to about the rail-road tunnel before the enemy can concentrate a force against him
You will co-operate with Sherman. The troops in Chattanooga Valley should be well concentrated on your left flank, 3 leaving only the necessary force to defend fortifications on the right & center and a movable column, of one Division, in readiness to move wher