HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF THE CUMBERLAND, Chattanooga, October 19, 1863.
Military Superintendent, Nashville:
Your dispatch received. All right. Can't you send the dummy and a horse-car for me to Bridgeport to-morrow night? Answer to-night.
W. S. ROSECRANS,
NASHVILLE, October 19, 1863-7.30 p.m.
I reached here last evening and shall start for Louisville at 7 a.m. to-morrow morning. There are many things I observed by the way which I will write you. Have you any further command for me before I leave? It is rumored here that General Grant and the Secretary of War are at Louisville and start for this place by special train
to-morrow morning. What does it mean?
J. A. GARFIELD,
STEVENSON, October 19, 1863-6.25 p.m.
A force of 1,000 strong is reported crossing the Tennessee from south side, near Larkinsville, and Lee is reported to have joined Wheeler with 5,000 men from Mississippi. If possible I will establish communication with cavalry force to-morrow.
JNO. C. VAN DUZER.
LOUISVILLE, October 19, 1863-11.30 p.m.
Hold Chattanooga at all hazards. I will be there as soon as possible. Please inform me how long your present supplies will last, and the prospect for keeping them up.
U. S. GRANT,
CHATTANOOGA, TENN., October 19, 1863.
Two hundred and four thousand four hundred and sixty-two rations in store-houses; ninety thousand to arrive to-morrow, and all the trains were loaded which had arrived at Bridgeport up to the
16th-probably three hundred wagons. I will hold the town till we starve.
G. H. THOMAS,