Also on Dec. 11, Thomas telegraphed to Elliott. "If you do not reach East Tennessee in time to join in the pursuit of Longstreet, you will take up a position on the northeast side of the Hiwassee, ..." Ibid., I, xxxi, part 3, 378. See ibid., pp. 397-98, 418. On Dec. 14, however, Maj. Gen. John G. Foster ordered Elliott to report to Knoxville, evidently on the basis of USG's instructions of Dec. 12 to drive off C. S. A. forces under Lt. Gen. James Longstreet. Ibid., pp. 387, 401, 403, 406-7; ibid., I, xxxi, part 1, 281.
December 12th 1863.
HON. E. B. WASHBURN,
Your letter of the 4th inst. is just received. 1 My answer to your letter from Odin was sent but not for several days after it was written and after I supposed it had been mailed. The letter got undersome papers on my table and remained there for several days before I discovered it supposing that it had been mailed when written. I hope, and presume you have, received it before this. I preserved no copy but will write another if it has not reached you.