is a very loyal place however and but for the inaccessibility of it I would bring you here and remain most of the Winter.
I have nothing special to write you and besides the mails are so irregular that I may beat this to Nashville now though I do not start for a week. Kisses for yourself and Jess.
Head Quarters, Mil. Div. of the Miss.
Near Maynardsville 1 Ten. Jan. 5th/64
MAJ. GEN. J. G. FOSTER,
COMD. G DEPT. OF THE OHIO,
In conjunction with your move against Longstreet, when it is made, I think it will be advisable to send a Cavalry expedition against Abingdon and Saltville. Such an expedition should fit up at some place in Southeast Ky. and be prepared to start so as to co-operate with you, moving by the roads north of, and near to the Virginia line. The Tennessee troops now organizing in Kentucky 2 I think will be sufficient for this move. They could furnish you more assistance in this way than if directly with you. —Kautz 3 will be a most excellent officer to entrust this expedition to, and if selected had better begin at once organizing it.
I find that Wilcox has six batteries of Artillery, besides the captured pieces at Cumberland Gap. To move this a large number of additional horses will be required. If horses are brought here at this season of the year, (with the present scanty supply of forage, exposed in the open air,with the very little attention they can receive whilst they and the men are in such a comfortless condition, ) they would be mostly unfit for service by the time the roads are good in the spring. Under all the circumstances I think it advisable to get all the guns you can dispense with, this Winter, into