Telegram received, DNA, RG 107, Telegrams Collected (Bound); copies, ibid., 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 3, 216.
Chattanooga November 21st 1863
MAJOR GENERAL GEO. H. THOMAS
I have just received a report of the position of Sherman's forces. The rain last night has thrown them back so much, that it will be impossible for him to get into position for action to morrow morning. He will be up however against all calamities that can be foreseen to commence on Monday morning
U. S GRANT
Copies, DLC-USG, V, 34, 35; DNA, RG 393, Military Div. of the Miss., Letters Sent. O. R., I, xxxi, part 2, 39. On Nov. 21, 1863, Brig. Gen. John A. Rawlins wrote to Maj. Gen. William T. Sherman. "I am directed by the General Commanding to say that in order to avoid delay, you will have your troops pass your transportation and move up at once, leaving only a sufficient force to guard your trains" Copies, DLC-USG, V, 34, 35; DNA, RG 393, Military Div. of the Miss., Letters Sent. O. R., I, xxxi, part 2, 39. See ibid., pp. 64-66; Memoirs, II, 59.
Chattanooga November 21, 63
BRIG GENL ROBT ALLEN CHF Q. M.
Wagons and mules going to Hurlbut at the present time, had better go to Memphis. That is where most of them will be wanted. I do not know the exact condition of the road between Memphis and Corinth. Hurlbut telegraphed me that the road had been cut,