not heavy Hooker reports 2000 prisoners taken besides which a small number have fallen into our hands from Missionary Ridge 2
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Telegram received, DNA, RG 107, Telegrams Collected (Bound); copies, ibid., RG 393, Military Div. of the Miss., Hd. Qrs. Correspondence; DLC-USG, V, 40, 94. O. R., I, xxxi, part 2, 24. For a contemporary account of the action on Nov. 24, 1863, see William Wrenshall Smith, "Holocaust Holiday ..." Civil War Times Illustrated, XVIII, 6 (Oct., 1979), 33, 35. On Wednesday, Nov. 25, President Abraham Lincoln telegraphed to USG. "Your despatches as tofighting on Monday & Tuesday are here—Well done. Many thanks to all. Remember Burnside." ALS, RPB. O. R., I, xxxi, part 2, 25. Lincoln, Works, VII, 30. See telegram to Maj. Gen. Henry W. Halleck, Nov. 23, 1863. On the same day, 11:30 A. M., Maj. Gen. Henry W. Halleck telegraphed to USG. "I congratulate you on the success thus far of your plans. I fear that Genl Burnside is hard pressed, and that any further delay may prove fatal. I know that you will do all in your power to relieve him." ALS (telegram sent), DNA, RG 107, Telegrams Collected (Bound); copies, ibid., RG 393, Military Div. of the Miss., Hd. Qrs. Correspondence; DLC-USG, V, 40, 94.
Nov. 24th/63 12.40 p. m.
resist but bring on no attack until otherwise directed unless troops to right or left of you become engaged. In that case push your line forward or to the right or left as circumstances may require. The open spaces between you & Sherman can not be closed until Sherman advances to shorten it. Gen Thomas is not here but I will communicate to him this order as soon as he can be found.
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ALS, IHi. O. R., I, xxxi, part 2, 43. For Maj. Gen. Oliver O. Howard's location, see following letter, note 1.