Secretary Stanton has received reports that Gen. Rosecrans is preparing to abandon Chattanooga. That would be a disaster that would set the war effort in Tennessee back immensely. I sent a telegram to Gen. Rosecrans relieving him of command. I then sent the following telegram to Gen. Thomas,
Hold Chattanooga at all hazards. I will be there as soon as possible. Please inform me how long your present supplies will last, and the prospect for keeping them up.
U. S. GRANT,
The Papers of Ulysses S Grant, Vol 9, p 302
O.R., I, xxx, part 4, p 479