at once marching as rapidly as possible to the relief of Burnside. Should he obtain satisfactory evidence that Longstreet has abandoned the seige of Knoxville, he will return at once.
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, 47. Although USG initiated preparations for the relief of Maj. Gen. Ambrose E. Burnside's forces previous to this letter, he had given Maj. Gen. George H. Thomas verbal orders not to start Maj. Gen. Gordon Granger's column toward Knoxville until it was clear that Gen. Braxton Bragg's army was completely defeated and unable to join Lt. Gen. James Longstreet's troops. See letter to Maj. Gen. George H. Thomas, Nov. 26, 1863, note 2; Memoirs, II, 90.
Nov. 28th 1863 9 20 P. M.
MAJ GEN H W. HALLECK
GEN IN CHIEF
The pursuit of the Enemy to beyond Ringgold shows their great defeat and demoralization. Prisoners taken must amount to six thousand or more. Over forty pieces of Artillery have fallen into our hands. The roads everywhere are strewn with wagons, caissons, small arms & ammunition. Troops are now on their way to the relief of Burnside.
Granger goes to Knoxville or until he knows Longstreet has left East Tennessee.
Sherman goes to the Hiawassie and will be sent further if it becomes necessary
U. S. GRANT
Telegram received, DNA, RG 107, Telegrams Collected (Bound); copies (datelined 8:30 P. M. ), ibid., Telegrams Received in Cipher; ibid., RG 393, Military Div. of the Miss., Hd. Qrs. Correspondence; DLC-USG, V, 40, 94. Printed as sent at 9:20 P. M. in O. R., I, xxxi, part 2, 26. For USG's activities on Nov. 28,