I am growing impatient with the immobility of Gen. Thomas’ command. I wrote Gen. Halleck,
CHATTANOOGA, Tennessee, November 21, 1863-8 p.m.
Maj. General H. W. HALLECK,
I ordered an attack here two weeks ago, but it was impossible to move artillery. Now Thomas’ chief of artillery says he has to borrow teams from Sherman to move a portion of his artillery to where it is to be used. Sherman has used almost superhuman effort to get up even at this time, and his force is really the only one that I can move. Thomas can take about one gun to each battery, and can go as far with his infantry as his men can carry rations to keep them and bring them back. I have never felt such restlessness before as I have at the fixed and immovable condition of the Army of the Cumberland. General Meigs states that the loss of animals here will exceed 10,000. Those left are scarcely able to carry themselves.
U. S. GRANT,
The Papers of Ulysses S Grant, Vol 9, p 428
O.R., I, xxxi, part 3, p 216