same day, 8:00 P. M., Brig. Gen. James H. Wilson wrote to Thomas. "General Grant directs me to request you to notify him as soon as the troops have put their position in a defencible condition and properly picketed their front." Copies, DLC-USG, V, 34, 35; DNA, RG 393, Military Div. of the Miss., Letters Sent. See letter to Maj. Gen. William T. Sherman, Nov. 25, 1863. For unsuccessful efforts of Col. Clark B. Lagow and Wilson to ascertain the disposition of Thomas's troops during the night of Nov. 25-26, see James Harrison Wilson, Under the Old Flag (New York and London, 1912), I, 302-3.
7 30 P M Nov 25/63
MAJ GEN H W HALLECK
GEN IN CHIEF
I have heard from Burnside to the 23d when he had rations for ten or twelve days. He expected to hold out that time 1 I shall move the force from here on to the Rail Road between Cleveland and Dalton and send a column of twenty thousand men up the south side of the Tennessee without wagons carrying four days rations and taking a Steamboat loaded with rations from which to draw on the route. If Burnside holds out until this force gets beyond Kingston I think Enemy will fly and with the present state of the roads must abandon almost every thing. I believe Bragg will lose much of his Army by desertion in consequence of his defeat in the last three days fight.
U S GRANT
Maj Gen Comdg
Telegram received, DNA, RG 107, Telegrams Collected (Bound); William H. Seward Papers, NRU; DLC-Robert T. Lincoln; copies, DNA, RG 107, Telegrams Received in Cipher; ibid., RG 393, Military Div. of the Miss., Hd. Qrs. Correspondence; DLC-USG, V, 40, 94. O. R., I, xxxi, part 2, 25.