War of the Rebellion: Serial 056 Page 0065 Chapter XLIII. CORRESPONDENCE,ETC.-UNION.

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CHATTANOOGA, November 6, 1863.

J. B. ANDERSON,

Military Railroad Superintendent, Nashville:

It is of vast importance that the road from Nashville to Decatur should be opened as soon as possible. Make contracts with different bridge-builders so as to get this work done in the shortest possible time. Extra bridges should also be in readiness at all times to replace any that may be destroyed. Keep me advised of what you do in this matter. Boomer is here at this time.

U. S. GRANT,

Major-General.

CHATTANOOGA, Tennessee, November 6, 1863-11.30 p.m. [Received 2.30 a.m.,7th.]

Maj. Gen. H. W. HALLECK,

General-in-Chief:

No change in my front since last report. The steam-boats are doing good service. A locomotive, captured near Shellmound, has been repaired, and is now used [with three captured cars] in supplying troops on the railroad between Bridgeport and Whiteside's. The railroad appears to be operated to better advantage than heretofore between Nashville and Bridgeport.

GEO. H. THOMAS,

Major-General.

WINCHESTER, November 6, 1863.

Major-General REYNOLDS,

Chief of Staff:

General Crook reports on 5th that rebel cavalry pickets on left bank Tennessee; that Wheeler with main body reported to have left to join Bragg. General Sherman reports to General Crook that his column would reach Athens on the 5th.

W. L. ELLIOTT,

Brigadier-General.

HEADQUARTERS SIGNAL CORPS, November 6, 1863.

Major-General REYNOLDS,

Chief of Staff:

GENERAL: The following report has just been received from the officer at Fort Dunlap:

Three regiments of infantry moved along Knoxville road in direction of our left. Large wagon trains have been moving in same direction on crest of Missionary Ridge accompanied by several companies of infantry.

Respectfully submitted.

JESSE MERRILL,

Captain and Chief Signal Officer.

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