Gen. Forrest seems to be concentrating his forces in preparation for a raid through Tennessee. I wrote Gen. Halleck,
CHATTANOOGA, December 18, 1863-9.30 a.m.
Major General H. W. HALLECK,
Sherman has returned. Granger and Elliott in pursuit of Longstreet. I go to-morrow to Nashville. If appearances do not improve, I will go to Knoxville in person about the 27th. I want before starting to organize and start a heavy cavalry force to move against Forrest, who seems to be collecting in West Tennessee to interrupt our communications.
U. S. GRANT,
The Papers of Ulysses S Grant, Vol 9, p 544
O.R., I, xxxi, part 3, p 436