beef ‘dried on the hoof.’
held on to Chattanooga
when he fell back to fight at Chickamauga
, his position might have been that of the Federals
, with no great armies to summon to his relief.
, the conqueror at Vicksburg
, was called to meet at Louisville Secretary Stanton
, and they decided that a ‘retreat from Chattanooga
at that time would have been a terrible disaster, involving the annihilation of the army.’
It was agreed that Grant
must drop all other engagements and go to the relief of Rosecrans
While they were together in Louisville
received from Dana
a dispatch saying that unless prevented, Rosecrans
would retreat, whereupon Stanton
, at midnight, in dressing-gown, sent for Grant
and gave him command of the military division of the Mississippi, and assigned Thomas to the command of the army of the Cumberland, ordering him to hold Chattanooga
at all hazards.
Thomas replied, ‘We will hold the town till we starve.’
after giving orders to mobilize armies for its relief, and says he found the army of the Cumberland without ammunition enough for a day's fighting.
Parts of the corps of Howard
, under Hooker
, had already been ordered from the army of the Potomac to reinforce Rosecrans
, and were concentrated at Bridgeport
On October 26th Hooker
crossed to the south side of the Tennessee
and marched eastward.
A detachment from Chattanooga
, floating down stream at night, captured the Confederate
pickets at Brown
's ferry, and laid a pontoon bridge.
, on the afternoon of the 28th, was in Lookout valley
at Wauhatchie, and became the right of Grant
's line, with the road opened in the rear for abundant supplies.
was on his way with an army, and arrived at Bridgeport
had been unable to hold Longstreet
The latter, with McLaws
's and Buckner