recollection of these events, see letter to Col. John C. Kelton, Dec. 23, 1863; Memoirs, II, 49-50; Adam Badeau, Military History of Ulysses S. Grant (New York, 1881), I, 461-64; III, 279-80. Smith took exception to several inferences in these accounts, disclaiming responsibility for the plan of attack ordered by USG and defending Maj. Gen. George H. Thomas's judgment in opposing it. Thomas B. Van Horne, The Life of Major-General George H. Thomas (New York, 1882), p. 161; Robert Underwood Johnson and Clarence Clough Buel, eds., Battles and Leaders of the Civil War (New York, 1887), III, 715-16.
Chattanooga Nov. 7 1863
To COL. T. S. BOWERS. A. A. G.
Genl Sherman will reach Fayetteville 1 tomorrow without any thing to eat Tell Stockdale to see the shipping Commissary and direct him to secure transportation and send one hundred thousand rations to-morrow morning. Answer as soon as Stockdale ascertains if this can be done Rations to go by Rail in Fayetteville.
U. S. GRANT.
Telegram, copies, DNA, RG 393, Military Div. of the Miss., Letters Sent; ibid., Telegrams Received; DLC-USG, V, 34, 35. O. R., I, xxxi, part 3, 74. On Nov. 7, 1863, 7:15 P. M., Capt. Joseph C. Audenried, Decherd, Tenn., telegraphed to USG. "I left Gen. Sherman at Richland Creek, thirty miles from Fayetteville yesterday morning Nov. 6th with the 4th Div. (Gen. Ewing) Gen. J. E. Smith following in his rear some ten miles—The Elk creek containing four feet water and two hundred yrds wide, was impassable. The direction of march was changed to Gilbertsboro, thense by way of Prospect towards Fayettesville—The 3rd & 4th Div. taking this route, whilst the 1st & 2nd (under Gen. Blair) going to Pulasky—Richland creek was being bridged for Gen. J. E. Smith, heavy rain having fallen. The roads are exceedingly hilly, rocky & in some places very muddy, marching very difficult with wagons—The Gen.s advance is now probably at Bradshaw Cr. 15 miles from Fayettville—The Tenn. not fordable—No enemy north save Guerrillas Gen. Dodge reported he would be in readiness to cross at