I have arrived in Nashville, but it will take me some time to get to Chattanooga. The railroad is cut and the rebels command the river. The only route into Chattanooga is via a mule trail over the mountains to the north. I wrote Gen. Thomas,
October 20, 1863.
Major General GEORGE H. THOMAS, Chattanooga:
I will leave here on the morning, and push through to Chattanooga as soon as possible. Should not large working parties be put upon the road between Bridgeport and Chattanooga at once? General Meigs suggest this, and also that depots of forage be established on each side of the mountain.
U. S. GRANT,
The Papers of Ulysses S Grant, Vol 9, p 308
O.R., I, xxxi, part 1, p 670