“Move forward and attack Longstreet as soon as you can, and if more troops are required send to me for them”

I wrote Gen. Foster, urging him to take the offensive.

CHATTANOOGA, January 22, 1864.

Major General J. G. FOSTER,

Knoxville:

Facilities will be given you of getting supplies, either by transferring boats to your quartermaster or having them use for your benefit. Move forward and attack Longstreet as soon as you can, and if more troops are required send to me for them.

Do you not think it practicable to collect Willcox’s forces and move them by Jonesville to Abingdon? If they could destroy the road from Abingdon to Saltwille it would be worth taking a great risk.

U. S. GRANT,

Major-General.

 

The Papers of Ulysses S Grant, Vol 10, p 58

O.R., I, xxxii, part 2, p 173

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