where every move proved so successful; and out of doors where there was an outlet to retreat by. An Army never was whipped so badly as Bragg was. So far as any opposition the enemy could make I could have marched to Atlanta or any other place in the Confederacy. But I was obliged to rescue Burnside. Again I had not rations to take nor the means of taking them and this mountain country will not support an Army. Altogether I feel well satisfied and the Army feel that they have accomplished great things. Well they may. By the end of this month I will have enough due me to pay you what you have laid out for me. 1 In the mean time can you borrow, at my expense, the amount? It is rather hard to ask a friend to make an investment for you and then get him to borrow the money to make it. But I am so situated that I cannot attend to my own private affairs and hope I am not giving you too much trouble.
J. E. Smith, Rawlins, Dr. Kittoe, and the Galenaites are well and desire to be remembered.
U. S. GRANT
Chattanooga [Dec. ] 6th  4 15 p m
MAJ GENL. FOSTER
Instruct your Cavalry to follow Longstreet to the last moment. it is not necessary that they should attack the main force but follow up the rear hasten the retreat pick up Stragglers and distroy the roads as far East as possible if your troops can get as far as Saltville & distroy the works there it will be an immese loss to the enemy
U. S. GRANT M G