work on the Road from here to Knoxville. After hearing Col McCallums report I determined to tellegraph to Genl Halleck the state of affairs and received in reply the accompanying tellegram, which will explain to you his position—I will direct him to call on you in Nashville and I feel confidant that you will feel satisfied that, if any body can help us out of this R. R difficulty he can. He is thoroughly practical and willing to obey orders and receive suggestions. Besides he fully comprehends all the difficulties in the way, as well as the magnitude of the undertaking, to supply by R. Road the force we are compelled to have at this point." ALS, DNA, RG 393, Military Div. of the Miss., Letters Received. O. R., I, xxxii, part 2, 88-89. The enclosure is ibid., p. 73.
On Jan. 15, 11:00 A. M., Maj. Gen. John G. Foster, Knoxville, telegraphed to USG. "The Strawberry plains bridge is completed also the ponton bridge at this place so that will stand I think I am about commencing the bridge at this place on the piers of the Rail Road bridge A Regement is ordered to Loudon to work on the Rail Road bridge at that place No supplies have arrived for a week by the river—The bread rations are entirely exausted I am forced to abandon all idea of active operations for the present and to place the army where it can live by foraging The fourth Corps are now moving for Dandridge and the twenty third for Mossy Creek Genl Sturgis with all the cavalry is in front of Dandridge, near Kimbers Cross roads—I propose to hold all the country & the forage in it on the South and East of The French Broad. As Longstreet has exhausted all the supplies in his vicinity and is now forced to send across the river for forage and grain I presume some portions of our forces will be in almost constant collisionif we succeed in holding as I expect Longstreet cannot long remain where he is He is now building a ponton Bridge across the Nolechucky near Warrensburg" Telegram received, DNA, RG 393, Dept. of Mo., Telegrams Received; copy, ibid., Military Div. of the Miss., Telegrams Received. O. R., I, xxxii, part 2, 101.
January 2d 1863. 
Owing to the necessity of some supplies yet to come forward before an advance can be made by the Army here I may be detained here for a week yet. I do not think you need look for me back before the 15th, then it may be necessary for me to return here before the Winter is over. I very much fear the enemy intend holding a position in this country for the Winter and to make this the great battle field in the Spring. It has been as cold as Sacketts Harbor for the last two days so that I do not get out much. This