will receive orders and instructions from him. Your returns, however, will be kept separate, and will be made direct to corps headquarters as heretofore.
Very respectfully, your obedient servant,
JAS. B. McPHERSON,
WASHINGTON, November 29, 1863-11.40 a.m.
Governor Bramlette, of Kentucky, has sent to the President a protest against your taking rails from the Paducah road, and suggests that they be taken from some Mississippi, Louisiana, or Arkansas road. I communicate the Governor's suggestion, but do not ask you to adopt it.
H. W. HALLECK,
WASHINGTON, November 29, 1863-1.30 p.m.
Advices from Knoxville on Wednesday last are that Burnside is still hard pressed. Re-enforcements should be pushed forward as rapidly as possible, till it is positively known that Longstreet has fallen back.
H. W. HALLECK,
CHATTANOOGA, November 29, 1863-8 p.m. (Received 10.30 p.m.)
Maj. General H. W. HALLECK,
The Fourth Corps started yesterday for relief of Burnside. Sherman was sent to the Hiwasee, and I have sent orders to him to take command of the whole, and organize a sufficient force for the object to be a accomplished, and send the remainder of the troops here. I made this change, knowing Sherman's promptness and ability. If Burnside holds out a short time he will be relieved. Should Longstreet succeed in capturing Knoxville, he himself will be captured, I think.
U. S. GRANT,
HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF THE TENNESSEE,
Cleveland, Tennessee, November 29, 1863.
Brig. General JEFF. C. DAVIS,
GENERAL: The general commanding directs that you move your command from its present position to Charleston by any other route than the one General Howard must take, i.e., the direct road from this place, moving between 8 and 9 a.m. to-morrow, communicating