I have arrived in Knoxville. I immediately sent a report to Gen. Halleck of the situation regarding the enemy forces under Longstreet.
KNOXVILLE, Tennessee, December 31, 1863-11 a. m.
Major General H. W. HALLECK,
Have just arrived at this place, and will go to the front this evening or in the morning. The Fourth and Ninth Corps are at blain’s Cross-Roads, the Twenty-third at Strawberry Plains, with one brigade and Sturgis’ cavalry at Mossy Creek and Talbott’s Station. Longstreet is at Morristown.
U. S. GRANT,
The Papers of Ulysses S Grant, Vol 9, p 577
O.R., I, xxxi, part 3, p 542