“Ammunition has left Chattanooga for you”

Gen. Foster has been pushing after the enemy under Longstreet in East Tennessee.  He sent the following report.

KNOXVILLE, December 25, 1863.

Yesterday the cavalry was mainly engaged with the enemy’s cavalry beyond New Market. General Sturgis reports that on the Dandridge road Colonel Campbell’s brigade met a superior force of the enemy, and had a severe fight. They at once charged on his rear and captured two guns, but he recaptured them by a counter charge. The enemy lost 80 killed and wounded. Colonel Campbell, Colonel Garrard’s brigade,was also on the Dandridge and Morristown road,while Sturgis, with the main body, drove the enemy beyond Mossy Creek. Sixty-one prisoners have been brought in.

J. G. FOSTER,

Major-General.

I hope to see the enemy’s forces routed completely, ending all threat against East Tennessee.  I wrote Gen. Foster,

NASHVILLE, December 25, 1863.

Major General J. G. FOSTER,

Knoxville:

Ammunition has left Chattanooga for you. Averell succeeded in making a raid on Longstreet at Salem and destroyed much of the road, some locomotives and cars, three large depots, and an immense amount of stores. This will give you great advantage.

U. S. GRANT,

Major-General.

 

The Papers of Ulysses S Grant, Vol 9, p 572-3

O.R., I, xxxi, part 3, p 488

O.R., I, xxxi, part 1, p 625

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