Gen. Hooker is meeting stubborn resistance in the hills outside of Ringgold from the rear guard of the rebel retreat. I wrote Gen. Sherman to see if he can render aid.
RINGGOLD, GA., November 27, 1863-12.30 p.m.
Commanding Army of the Tennessee:
GENERAL: Hooker has engaged the enemy here, strongly posted on the hills. It looks as if it will be hard to dislodge them. If you can move down with a force east of the ridge on the east side of the railroad it will effectually turn the enemy’s position. I do not care about the pursuit being continued farther south. I am anxious, however, to have the Cleveland and Dalton Railroad effectually destroyed. I think one brigade will be sufficient to do this. They can move on any road most direct, and should go without a wagon.
If you know any reason why one brigade will not be sufficient for the duty indicated, or why a force sufficient for it should not be detached at this time, you need not send them until you can communicate with me.
U. S. GRANT,
The Papers of Ulysses S Grant, Vol 9, p 456
O.R., I, xxxi, part 2, p 46-7