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Charleston, S. C., Oct. 7th, 1863. General Braxton Bragg, Commanding near Chattanooga, Tenn.:
Dear General,—I have just been informed from Richmond that the Army of Virginia is about to take the offensive again, to prevent Meade from reinforcing Rosecrans, thus repeating, to a certain extent, the campaign of last July into Pennsylvania, which did not save Middle Tennessee and the Mississippi Valley.
You must, no doubt, recollect what I wrote on the subject to General Johnston, on the 15th of May
See Chapter XXXI. last, to endeavor to prevent that offensive campaign, which, I thought, would not effect the object in view.
I now address you my views on the reported intentions of General Lee or the War Department, to see if our small available means cannot be used to a better purpose.
It is evident to my mind that, admitting Lee's movement can prevent Meade from reinforcing Rosecrans and drive the former across the Potomac, Lee cannot prevent Rosecrans from being reinforced