Thursday, November 19, 1863

Bridgeport, Alabama

General Ewing’s division is now at Trenton, near Lookout Mountain. It arrived last evening. The railroad from here to Nashville is being repaired, but it is slow. I want Dodge, the best railroad man in the army to have full control of all the men who can work on repairs between here and Nashville.

BRIDGEPORT, November 19, 1863

General GRANT:

General Dodge reports no work in progress on the road between him and Nashville, and says the Pioneer Corps at Columbia have no orders. Had you better not send some officer to Nashville to pass along the line and put everybody to work on the smaller bridges, leaving the large ones to be finished by Anderson, or give Dodge command of everything between Nashville and Decatur?

W. T. SHERMAN, Major-General

I relayed my intentions to Dodge:

NOVEMBER 19, 1863.
General DODGE, Pulaski:

Yours of 16th received. I have asked General Grant to give you the command of everybody from Nashville to Decatur, that all may work to advantage on that road, in which case have good ferry established at Columbia for temporary use. Eastport and Corinth are held by us. Gun-boats and transports are on the Tennessee. It would be well for you to send a mounted regiment to Eastport. Your camp equipage could be hauled to Hamburg and brought round to Nashville in a light-draught boat. You may order it.

W. T. SHERMAN, Major-General

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