cox telegraphed to USG. "News from the front up to Eleven oclock today firing still heard at Knoxville" Telegram received, DNA, RG 94, War Records Office, Dept. of the Tenn.; copy (dated Nov. 23), ibid., RG 393, Military Div. of the Miss., Telegrams Received. O. R., I, xxxi, part 3, 225. Also on Nov. 22, Brig. Gen. Jeremiah T. Boyle, Louisville, telegraphed to USG. "Despatch dated today eight P. M. from Gen. Wilcox Cumberland Gap just reed says it is important that my line of Communication with Camp Nelson should be strongly guarded, especially at Loudon near which there is a large quantity of good Stores Gen'l Burnside is holding out heroiacally and I hope will hold Knoxville. Firing was going at 11 o'clock to day. Is there any news from Gen'l. Grant (Signed) O. B. WILCOX B. Gen'l. No Communication between the Gap and Knoxville." Copy, DNA, RG 393, Military Div. of the Miss., Telegrams Received. Printed as addressed to Foster in O. R., I, xxxi, part 3, 226. On Nov. 23, USG telegraphed to Boyle. "I am much obliged to you for sending Gen Wilcox dispatch. I had sent him repeated dispatches with such instructions as I could give at this distance." Copies, DLC-USG, V, 34, 35; DNA, RG 393, Military Div. of the Miss., Letters Sent.1.See telegram to Maj. Gen. Henry W. Halleck, Nov. 23, 1863; following telegram.
Chattanooga Novembr 23rd 1863
BRIG GENERAL O. B WILCOX
Your dispatches just received. 1 Leave force enough in Cumberland Gap to hold it and if you cannot move to Abingdon and Saltville 2 with your Cavalry and mounted Infantry, fall back until you can supply yourself. We want to hold all the territory possible and be prepared to advance and retake that already abandoned—
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, 232. See preceding telegram. On Nov. 24, 1863, 10:00 A. M., Brig. Gen. Orlando B. Willcox telegraphed to USG, evidently referring to USG's two telegrams of Nov. 23. "Your dispatches of 22d & 23d rec'd The first is unjust as I will show you by my orders from Burnside I will commence the movement directed in the 2d & if there is the least chance of success will make the demonstration towards abingdon with mounted force which Col Honley [Harney] considers too unserviceable for the expedition Williams troops stationed above watching me & I will hold him as