“You must get up with your force to-morrow without fail. Pass the wagon train and leave it to follow with rear guard.”

Gen. Sherman’s troops have become entangled with their baggage train and have been delayed yet again.  I wrote him,

CHATTANOOGA, November 22, 1863.

Major General WILLIAM T. SHERMAN,

Near Chattanooga:

Owing to the late hour when Ewing will get up, if he gets up at all to-night, and the entire impossibility of Woods reaching in time to participate to-morrow, I have directed Thomas that we will delay yet another day. Let me know to-morrow, at as early an hour as you can, if you will be entirely ready for Tuesday morning. I would prefer Woods should be up to cross with the balance of your command, but if he can [not] be up in time to cross as soon as your pontoons are laid, I would prefer you should commence without him, to delaying another day.

U. S. GRANT,

Major-General.

I also sent an order directly to Gen. Woods,

CHATTANOOGA, November 22, 1863.

Brigadier General CHARLES R. WOODS,

Comdg. First Div., Army of the Tennessee, near Chattanooga:

You must get up with your force to-morrow without fail. Pass the wagon train and leave it to follow with rear guard. If you cannot get up with your artillery, come without it, leaving it to follow. I will expect the head of your column at Brown’s Ferry by 10 a.m. to-morrow (23d) without fail.

U. S. GRANT,

Major-General.

 

The Papers of Ulysses S Grant, Vol 9, p 430, 433

O.R., I, xxxi, part 2, p 39

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