been busy but have had company 2 occupying my room making it almost impossible for me to write any thing. —Last week was a stiring time with us and a magnificent victory was won. I am sorry you could not be here. The specticle was grand beyond anything that has been, or is likely to be, on this Continent. It is the first battle field I have ever seen where a plan could be followed and from one place the whole field be within one view. At the Commencement the battle line was fifteen miles long. Hooker on our right soon carried the point of Lookout Mountain, and Sherman the North end of Missionary ridge thus shortening the line by five or six miles and bringing the whole within one view. Our troops behaved most magnificently and have inflicted on the enemy the heavyest blow they have received during the war.
Your Galena friends with me are all well and desire to be remembered.
U. S. GRANT
ALS, IHi. On Dec. 4, 1863, 4:40 P. M., U. S. Representative Elihu B. Washburne, Washington, telegraphed to Brig. Gen. John A. Rawlins. "Give names and dates of late battles at Chattanooga to put on Grant's sword. Did he receive my letter from Odin in regard to Chetlain?" ALS (telegram sent), DNA, RG 107, Telegrams Collected (Unbound). On the same day, Rawlins telegraphed to Washburne. "Battle of Chattanooga twenty third to twenty seventh November inclusive. Letter from Adna received & answered" Telegram received, DLC-Elihu B. Washburne. See letter to Elihu B. Washburne, Dec. 12, 1863; speech, March 18, 1864.
Chattanooga 6.45 P. M. Dec 3d 1863
BRIGADIER GENERAL G. M DODGE
General Hurlbut reports a large force approaching Corinth with the probable view of attacking the place. 1 I had previously