MAJ. GEN. THOMAS
COMD. G DEPT. OF THE CUMBD
A note just received from Gen. Sherman giving present position of his forces 1 showes an entire impossibility for him to get all his troops up, and over, Brown's Ferry before to-morrow night. His attack can not be made therefore before Sunday morning, 2 if then. I have written to him to use all disppatch to be ready by that time. You can make your arrangements for this delay.
You can exercise your own judgement about bringing Howard across to-night, as previously directed. 3 The only advantage in it will be in getting continuous use out of the bridges.
U. S. GRANT
ALS, deCoppet Collection, NjP. O. R., I, xxxi, part 2, 38. For an account of activities at USG's hd. qrs. on Nov. 20, 1863, see William Wrenshall Smith, "Holocaust Holiday ..." Civil War Times Illustrated, XVIII, 6 (Oct., 1979), 32-33.
Chattanooga November 20th 1863
BRIG GENL O. B. WILCOX
BEANS STATION 1 E. TENNESSEE
If you can communicate with General Burnside, say to him that our attack on Bragg will commence in the morning If successful, such a move will be made as, I think, will relieve East