for Jess to manage. I must find some person to send him to to keep during the next campaign. He is too fine to risk loosing. I presume not less than one thousand dollars was paid for him.
I dined the other day with Mrs. Dunlap. She is very anxious to see you back. I dont know but she wants to see Jess about as much as she does you. She certainly seems very fond of him. I write to you so often that, of course, I find but little to say. About your dream! in this case your dream certainly has gone by contrary. I never felt better nor looked better than I have all the time since my return from St Louis.
Love and kisses for yourself and the children Love and kisses, or only best respects as you think best, to Cousin Louisa and the young ladies.
Head Quarters, Mil. Div. of the Miss.
Nashville Ten. Feb.y 18th 1864
MAJ. GEN. W. T. SHERMAN,
COMD. G DEPT. OF THE TEN.
Enclosed I send you copies of dispatches between Gen. Halleck and myself relative to a movement up Rid River on your return from your present expedition. 1 Whilst I look upon such an expedition as is proposed as of the greatest importance, I regret that any force has to be taken from East of the Miss. for it. Your troops will want rest for the purpose of preparing for a Spring Campaign and all the Veterans should be got off on furlough at the very earlyest moment. This latter I would direct even if you have to spare troops to go up Red River.
Unless you go in command of the proposed expedition I fear any troops you may send with it will be entirely lost from further service in this command. This however is not the reason for my