War of the Rebellion: Serial 053 Page 0479 Chapter XLII. CORRESPONDENCE,ETC.-UNION.

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HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF THE CUMBERLAND, Chattanooga, October 19, 1863.

Colonel INNES,

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,

Major-General.

NASHVILLE, October 19, 1863-7.30 p.m.

Major-General ROSECRANS:

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,

Brigadier-General.

STEVENSON, October 19, 1863-6.25 p.m.

General ROSECRANS:

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.

Major-General THOMAS:

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,

Major-General.

CHATTANOOGA, TENN., October 19, 1863.

Major-General GRANT:

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,

Major-General.