December 5, 1863: Sherman’s done his job.

William Tecumseh Sherman

Sherman’s move on Knoxville has had its intended effect, and he is directing his various commands into positions to await the next move.

Official Records:


HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF THE TENNESSEE,
Maryville, Tennessee, December 5, 1863.

Maj. General GORDON GRANGER,

Commanding Fourth Corps:

GENERAL: The object of the present expedition having been accomplished, and the enemy being in retreat from Knoxville, you will please move your command to-morrow as far as Little River, going into camp at that place, and report in person to General Burnside at Knoxville for orders.

By order of Maj. General W. T. Sherman:

R. M. SAWYER,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF THE TENNESSEE,
Maryville, Tennessee, December 5, 1863.

Brig. General JEFF. C. DAVIS.

Commanding Division:

GENERAL: The object of the present expedition being accomplished,and the enemy in retreat from Knoxville, the general desires you to hold your command in its present camp until he can decide upon future movements on consultation with General Burnside. He will ride forward to Knoxville in the morning; meanwhile you will please hold your division in readiness to return to the neighborhood of the bridge over Little Tennessee, should it be deemed advisable on consultation with General Burnside. General Granger is ordered to report to General Burnside for orders. The Fifteenth Corps will remain here until the general returns from Knoxville, and the Eleventh Corps will probably return to Loudon.

By order of Major General W. T. Sherman:

R. M. SAWYER,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF THE TENNESSEE,
Maryville, Tennessee, December 5, 1863.

Major General O. O. HOWARD,

Commanding Eleventh Corps:

GENERAL: The object of the present expedition being accomplished, and the enemy being in retreat from Knoxville, the general commanding desires you to hold your command in its present camp. He will ride forward to Knoxville in the morning to consult with General Burnside. Meanwhile he desires you to get your command in good order and be prepared to move back to Loudon, should such move be agreed upon on consultation with General Burnside.

General Granger’s corps is ordered to report to General Burnside, in accordance with original instructions from General Grant. The Fifteenth Corps will remain here until the general returns from Knoxville, while the general will suggest that General Davis’ division return to the neighborhood of the bridge over Little Tennessee for the present.

By order of Major General W. T. Sherman:

R. M. SAWYER,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

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