Thomas: “I will hold the town till we starve.”

I received the following reply from Gen. Thomas.  It is a great relief to my mind.

CHATTANOOGA, TENN., October 19, 1863.

Major-General GRANT:

Two hundred and four thousand four hundred and sixty-two rations in store-houses; ninety thousand to arrive to-morrow, and all the trains were loaded which had arrived at Bridgeport up to the

16th-probably three hundred wagons. I will hold the town till we starve.

G. H. THOMAS,

Major-General.

 

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

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