wagons between here and Stevenson with provisions. Genl. Rosecrans left this morning Communicated with Burnside to day. He is moving toward Kingston. His couriers connect with mine near Washington." Copy, DNA, RG 393, Dept. of the Cumberland, Telegrams Sent. O. R., I, xxxi, part 1, 825. On the same day, Tuesday, 3:00 P. M., Secretary of War Edwin M. Stanton telegraphed to Maj. Gen. Henry W. Halleck. "Sunday night General Grant issued his orders taking command. Gen'ls Burnside, Rosecrans, and Thomas reported last night. Gen Grant has gone forward with Genl Meigs and will reach Chattanooga tonight or tomorrow Thomas says if the supply wagons now on the road arrive safely they will be all right to the first of November at least. Genl Grant ordered him to hold Chattanooga at all hazards; he replied: 'I will hold the town till we starve!' Genl Meigs has taken with him a large supply of tools for blasting and opening the road across the mountains and everything possible has been done for Rail Road transportation." Telegram received, DNA, RG 107, Telegrams Collected (Bound). O. R., I, xxxi, part 1, 666.
On Oct. 19, Brig. Gen. Hugh T. Reid, Cairo, telegraphed to USG. "There are despatches here from Gen'l. Hurlbut shall they be forwared to you at Louisville and if so by mail or by special bearer." Copies, DNA, RG 393, Military Div. of the Miss., Telegrams Received; ibid., Dept. of Ky., Letters and Telegrams Sent. On the same day, USG telegraphed to Reid. "Communications for Genl Grants Head Qrs will be forwarded to him by mail. to. Chattanooga Ga via Nashville Tenn. Notify Post Master at Cairo accordingly" Telegram received, ibid., RG 107, Telegrams Collected (Unbound).
On Oct. 21, USG, Murfreesboro, telegraphed to Stanton. "I will feel obliged if you will order Lieut J. R. Meigs Engineer Dept to report to me." Telegram received, ibid., RG 94, ACP, M1003 CB 1863. On Oct. 28, USG, Chattanooga, telegraphed to Halleck. "I would respectfully ask that Lt J R Meig be ordered to report to me for duty" Telegram received, ibid., RG 107, Telegrams Collected (Bound); copies, ibid., RG 393, Military Div. of the Miss., Hd. Qrs. Correspondence ; DLC-USG, V, 40, 94. Halleck denied USG's request, leaving Lt. John R. Meigs, USMA 1863, son of Brig. Gen. Montgomery C. Meigs, an engineer on the staff of Brig. Gen. Benjamin F. Kelley, Dept. of West Va. See telegram to Maj. Gen. Henry W. Halleck, Oct. 30, 1863.
Nashville October 20 1863
HON. E. M. STANTON
Just arrived. I will leave here early in the morning and get through to Chattanooga as soon as possible. I presume you saw Gen Thomas' dispatch to me on the subject of rations. 1
U S. GRANT