thing eaten up at Mossy creek my move to the line of French broad river is therefore rendered imperative some Q. m. stores have arrived but not in sufficient quantity no rations by last boats am entirely destitute of bread coffee & sugar have teleghd these factsto Gen Thomas trust you will be able to raise the amt of supplies by river the weather is intensely cold with one inch of snow on the ground" Telegrams received, DNA, RG 393, Dept. of Mo., Telegrams Received; copies, ibid., Military Div. of the Miss., Telegrams Received. O. R., I, xxxii, part 2, 71-72.
Barboursville, 1 Ky. Jan'y 8. 1863. 
MAJ. GEN. HALLECK
WASHINGTON. D. C.
Owing to the want of clothing, particularly shoes, in Foster's command, it is impossible to move more than sixty per cent of his men until they are supplied. Clothing is now on the way, and it is hoped will be in Knoxville withinone week from this time. I have directed Foster then to attack and drive Longstreet at least