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ined, notwithstanding the fact that two divisions of Sherman's forces had marched from Memphis and had gone into battle immediately on their arrival at Chattanooga, to send him with his command; and orders in accordance therewith were seat him at Calhoun to assume command of the troops then with Granger, to addition to those with him, and proceed with all possible dispatch to the relief of Burnside. Gen. Elliot had been ordered by Thomas, on the 25th of November, to proceed from Alexandria, Tennessee, to Knoxville with his cavalry division, to aid in the relief of that place. The approach of Sherman caused Longstreet to raise the siege of Knoxville and retreat eastward on the night of the 4th of December. Sherman succeeded in throwing his cavalry into Knoxville on the night of the 3d. Sherman arrived in person at Knoxville on the 6th, and after a conference with Burnside in reference to "organizing a pursuing force large enough to either overtake the enemy and beat him, or driv