“I believe I am not premature in announcing a complete victory over Bragg”

I wrote Gen. Halleck with news of our victory.

Major General H. W. HALLECK,

General-in-Chief.

CHATTANOOGA, Tennessee, November 25, 1863-7.15. p.m.

Although the battle lasted from early dawn till dark this evening, I believe I am not premature in announcing a complete victory over Bragg. Lookout Mountain top, all the rifle-pits in Chattanooga Valley, and Missionary Ridge entire have been carried, and now held by us. I have no idea of finding Bragg here to-morrow.

U. S. GRANT,

Major-General, Commanding.

also,

Major General H. W. HALLECK,

General-in-Chief.

CHATTANOOGA, Tennessee, November 25, 1863-7.30 p.m.

I have heard from Burnside to the 23d, when he had rations for ten or twelve days. He expected to hold out that time. I shall move the force from here on the railroad between Cleveland and Dalton, and send a column of 20,000 men up the south side of the Tennessee, without wagons, carrying four days’ rations and taking a steam-boat loaded with rations, from which to draw on the route.

If Burnside holds out until this force gets beyond Kingston, I think enemy will fly, and, with the present state of the roads, must abandon almost everything. I believe Bragg will lose much of his army by desertion, in consequence of his defeat in the last three days’ fight.

U. S. GRANT,

Major-General, Commanding.

The Papers of Ulysses S Grant, Vol 9, p 446

O.R., I, xxxi, part 2, p 25