The Union Army Under Siege at Chattanooga

November 23, 1863

The Union army at Chattanooga is under siege by Confederate forces. Presidential aide John Hay writes in his diary: “Got news tonight of Grant’s advance on the enemy at Chattanooga & Thomas success.  The President who had been a little despondent abt Grant took heart again.”

President Lincoln accepts resignation of General Robert Schenck, the commander in Maryland who had been elected to Congress.

President Lincoln writes Secretary of State William H. Seward: “Two despatches since I saw you—one not quite so late on firing as we had before, but giving the points that Burnside thinks he can hold the place, that he is not closely invested, and that he forages across the river. The other brings the firing up to 11. A.M. yesterday, being 23. hours later than we had before.”

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