I received the following reply from Gen. Thomas. It is a great relief to my mind.
CHATTANOOGA, TENN., October 19, 1863.
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,
The Papers of Ulysses S Grant, Vol 9, p 302
O.R., I, xxx, part 4, p 479