“Hooker has engaged the enemy here, strongly posted on the hills.”

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.

Major-General SHERMAN,

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.

Yours,

U. S. GRANT,

Major-General.

 

The Papers of Ulysses S Grant, Vol 9, p 456

O.R., I, xxxi, part 2, p 46-7

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