have a first rate cavalry commander in Brig Genl Sanders who made the raid into East Tennessee last June Line between here and Louisville not been working for three (3) day's will send full telegraph tonight Has Sherman arrived?" "Our cavalry is very much broken down but still we can organize a raiding party of from twelve to fifteen hundred men with a few pieces of Artillery if it is thought desirable I proposed a formidable raid into Georgia soon after I arrived here but Genl Halleck said that distant raids were not in contemplation at that time I have some first rate cavalry commanders The situation remains about the same as when I last telegraphed you We hold to Kingsport and to the Watauga river in the East and to the line of the Little Tennessee River on the south—The forces are disposed about as they were in my last. By monday next I hope to have a ponton bridge over the Tennessee river just below the mouth of the Little Tenn. River and one over the Clinch at Kingston Boats are being made very rapidly both at Lenoirs and Kingston I have not thought it advisable to move any heavy force to Kingston up to this time thinking it preferable to hold a considerable force at Lenoirs with a view to crossing again should an opportunity offer If you think I am holding too many troops in the eastern part of the state I can easily withdraw them and hold the positions with a smaller force but I am satisfied that the pressur of the force in this section hold a very large number of the enemy in front of the salt works which would be relieved for a movement in this direction or in Virginia to reinforce Lee were we to weaken our force there If it is consistent with the interests of the service I would be glad to know something of the contemplated movements of Thomas' army particularly as to time It is probable that the enemy are pushing the work on the Hiawassee Rail Road bridge which when finished will enable them to concentrate a very large body of troops against us before notice could be given to you if telegraphic communication should be broken" Telegrams received, DNA, RG 94, War Records Office, Dept. of the Ohio; copies, ibid., RG 393, Military Div. of the Miss., Telegrams Received. O. R., I, xxxi, part 3, 45‐ 46.
8 P. M. Nov. 4. 1863.
MAJ GEN. H. W. HALLECK,
Has Hurlbut been directed to open the Railroad from Columbus to Corinth? If so, should not the Railroad from Memphis to Corinth be abandoned? 1 It will be impossible without breaking up