me time that Grant telegraphed to Thomas the order to assume command of the Department of the Cumberland, he sent him the following dispatch from Louisville: October 19, 11.30 P. M. Hold Chattanooga at all hazards.
I will be there as soon as possible.
Thomas replied at once: I will hold the town till we starve!—an answer worthy of the soldier whose individual energy had infused his own corps, and saved an entire army from annihilation, at the battle of Chickamauga.
On the morning of the 20th, Grant started from Louisville, by rail.
He arrived at Nashville the same night, and, at half-past 11, he telegraphed to Burnside, who was then at Knoxville: Have you tools for fortifying?
Important points in East Tennessee should be put in condition to be held by the smallest number of men, as soon as possible. . . . . I will be in Stevenson to-morrow night, and Chattanooga the next night.
From Nashville, he also telegraphed to Admiral Porter, at Cairo: General Sherman's advance was at Ea