Head Quarters, Mil. Div. of the Miss.
Chattanooga, Ten. Nov. 22d 1863.
MAJ. GEN. G. H. THOMAS,
COMDG ARMY OF THE CUMB. D
The bridge at Brown's Ferry being down to-day, and the excessively bad roads since the last rain, will render it impossible for Sherman to get up either of his two remaining Divisions 1 in time for the attack to-morrow morning. With one of them up, and, which would have been there now but for the accident to the bridge I would still make the attack in the morning, regarding a day gained as of superior advantage to a single Division of troops. You can make your arrangements for this delay.
U. S. GRANT
Maj. Gen. Com
ALS, IHi. O. R., I, xxxi, part 2, 40. Also on Nov. 22, 1863, USG wrote to Maj. Gen. George H. Thomas. "Up to the hour I left Gen. Sherman's Hd Qrs. 3.30 this afternoon, General Davis had not reported to him. If Davis has not received orders to report to Sherman, and to receive his directions directly from him during the present movement, please so instruct him at once." ALS, deCoppet Collection, NjP. O. R., I, xxxi, part 2, 40. See letter to Maj. Gen. George H. Thomas, Nov. 18, 1863.
Chattanooga November 22d 63
MAJOR GENERAL GEO. H THOMAS
You will please have the Steamer "Dunbar" wooded by 10 oclock this P. M. with dry wood sufficient to run her tonight and