1863, see William Wrenshall Smith, "Holocaust Holiday ..." Civil War Times Illustrated, XVIII, 6 (Oct., 1979), 40. Smith wrote that USG said: "If I had amunittion and horses, I could now march to Mobile, Chasten & Richmond...." AD, Mrs. John W. McIlvaine, Washington, Pa. In Memoirs, II, 92, USG confused the exact sequence and timing of events on his return from Ringgold, Ga., to Chattanooga, Nov. 28.
Chattanooga November 28th 1863
MAJOR GENERAL J. G FOSTER
After three days fighting we have defeated Bragg and driven him completely out of this portion of the country. Captured near 7000 prisoners, forty two Cannon and many Colors. Our forces are still in pursuit beyond Ringgold. The 4th Corps Major General Granger commanding, left here to day with orders to push with all possible speed through to Knoxville. Sherman is already in motion for Hiwassee and will go all the way if necessary. All the Cavalry has been ordered to march into East Tennessee by the most practicable routes joining with yours to harrass the enemy.
Communicate this information to Burnside as soon as possible, and at any cost; with directions to hold to the very last moment, and we shall not only relieve him, but destroy Longstreet.
U S GRANT
Telegram, copies, DLC-USG, V, 34, 35; DNA, RG 393, Military Div. of the Miss., Letters Sent. O. R., I, xxxi, part 3, 266. On Nov. 29, 1863, 8:30 P. M., Maj. Gen. John G. Foster, Barboursville, Ky., telegraphed to USG. "Your despatch is received the roads are so bad that I have only got this far but hope to be at Cumberland Gap tomorrow night I will do all I can to aid in Crushing Longstreet & thus add another to the already great results of your glorious victories I propose to cut the Virginia Rail Road if possible the Cavalry will then try to unite with your Cavalry as soon as it arrives I have directed Gen Wilcox to send yours order to Gen Burnside with all dispatch" Telegram received, DNA, RG 94, War Records Office, Dept. of the Tenn.; copy, ibid., RG 393, Military Div. of the Miss., Telegrams Received. O. R., I, xxxi, part 3, 273. On Nov. 29, 12:15 P. M. (possibly Nov. 30, 12:15 A. M. ), Brig. Gen. Orlando B. Willcox, Cumberland Gap, telegraphed to USG. "Dispatch of seven fifty a m Nov 28th to
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Publication information: Book title: The Papers of Ulysses S. Grant: July 7 - December 31, 1863. Volume: 9. Contributors: John Y. Simon - Editor, Ulysses S. Grant - Author. Publisher: Southern Illinois University Press. Place of publication: Carbondale, IL. Publication year: 1982. Page number: 459.
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