“Hold Chattanooga at all hazards. I will be there as soon as possible.”

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,

Major-General 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,

Major-General.

 

The Papers of Ulysses S Grant, Vol 9, p 302

O.R., I, xxx, part 4, p 479