“You will direct Granger, therefore, to start at once … to the relief of Burnside.”

Gen. Hooker has finally overcome resistance at Ringgold.  The delay though will prevent us from following up our advantage further.  I am wary of having my troops become too dispersed.  I wrote Gen. Thomas,

RINGGOLD, GA., November 27, 1863-1 p.m.

Major General GEORGE H. THOMAS,

Near Chattanooga:

Hooker has just driven the enemy from this place, capturing three pieces of artillery and some prisoners. Sherman is near by. It is reported by citizens that Longstreet is expected to-morrow, and that the enemy will make a stand at Dalton. I do not intend to pursue farther however. I think it best not to rely on statements of citizens altogether. You will direct Granger, therefore, to start at once, marching as rapidly as possible, to the relief of Burnside. Should he obtain satisfactory evidence that Longstreet has abandoned the siege of Knoxville, he will return at once.

U. S. GRANT,

Major-General.

 

The Papers of Ulysses S Grant, Vol 9, p 458

O.R., I, xxxi, part 2, p 47

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