consistently with the duty it is to perform while it remains.
East Tennessee can be no more than temporarily lost so long as Chattanooga is firmly held. A. Lincoln.
It would be unjust to General Burnside to present these dispatches from the record without his excuses for never aiding Rosecrans.
September 6th he telegraphed Halleck from Knoxville:
We are making some movements to aid Rosecrans.
A bearer of dispatches leaves here this evening or to-morrow with papers.
September 17th he telegraphed concerning a force which he had at Athens communicating with Rosecrans.
On the 19th:
Am now sending on men that can be spared to aid Rosecrans.
I shall go on to-day to Jonesboro.
As soon as I learn the result of our movement to the east will go down by railroad and direct the movement of the reenforcements for Rosecrans.
I have directed every available man in Kentucky to be sent down.
On the 20th, from Knoxville:
Dispatch of 18th received.
You may be
I would not bother with the city of Mobile, which will simply absorb a garrison for you, but would use the Tensas channel and notify General Gardner, of the rebel army, to maintain good order, etc., in the now useless streets of Mobile.
I will be ready to sally forth again in October, but ought to have some assurance that, in case of necessity, I can swing into Appalachicola or Montgomery, and find friends. W. T. Sherman, Major-General commanding.
By telegraph from new Orleans, 17th September, via Cairo, 24th. Major-General Sherman.
Your dispatch of the 10th has just been received.
The plans you suggested have been under consideration, and preparations are now in progress.
I think I can give you the assurance that you will find friends in Mobile, if the trouble in Arkansas River should be soon ended, how far east of that will depend upon the reenforcements that can be spared for this command? Ed. R. Canby, Major-General.
Kingston, Georgia, November 7, 1864. Gen