OR, Series 1, Vol. 30, Part 4, Page 713

Extract of letter from General Bragg, dated 3 miles south of Chattanooga, September 29, 1863
   The question of subsistence should receive early attention, as our supplies are nearly exhausted at Atlanta.
October 6, 1863
Furnished for the information of Commissary-General.
S. Cooper
Adjutant and Inspector General
First Indorsement
Office Commissary-General of Subsistence
October 7, 1863
Respectfully referred to the Secretary of War.
   The subsistence of General Bragg's army has been a subject of solicitude since its withdrawal from Kentucky, and the efforts of the Commissary-General of Subsistence to get the railroad running from Columbia{, Tenn.} to Decatur {Central Southern RR and Tennessee & Alabama Central RR}, so as to supply his army, and many other incidents must have informed General Bragg that it has received constant attention. His army has consumed largely of the reserves at Atlanta. He knows that his army is drawing its supplies from the South. The present call for early attention is superfluous. The Secretary of War is respectfully referred to an indorsement of the Commissary-General of Subsistence on paper of Major Hillyer, chief commissary of General Bragg's army, and on the remarks of the general commanding. This indorsement was dated September 4 and sent to Adjutant-General.
   It is needless to go into detail. An indorsement placed on a paper yesterday (the 5th) expressed my opinion of the military exigency existing. (See letter of Major Guerin, of October 2, referred to Secretary of War, in which I stated that the recovery of East Tennessee is absolutely necessary to the subsistence of Bragg's army.) Every move in Tennessee by General Bragg has intensified my anxiety. Its dependence has long been mainly on Georgia and Florida, and before the accession to his forces the railroads were scarcely adequate to sustain it. Some time ago the Secretary of War was asked to write to Mr. Cuyler, president of the Georgia Central {Central (of Georgia)} Railroad, in respect to this subject. Major Walker, chief commissary of Alabama, was directed to try and assist General B.'s army on September 4. I have not heard from Major Hillyer on that point. I will try and aid that army from Mississippi, but everything converges to prove that East Tennessee must be recovered and Rosecrans driven from the country.
L. B. Northrop
Commissary General of Subsistence