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he fact that we cannot successfully meet the enemy, except in the mountains, with the climate, diseases, and difficulties as our allies, and that we cannot maintain ourselves there without adequate transportation in the rear. From the enemy's position at Ganley Bridge, to which he has water transportation to Sewell, is thirty miles, and from Lewisburg, to which we ought to have transportation by rail to the same point, is also thirty miles.--By the lack of railway from Lewisburg to Jackson river, thirty-six miles, we have more than twice the difficulty of the enemy in reaching the Sewell, which is the Gibraltar of the mountains. This disadvantage the enemy is increasing by using the winter to mend the roads on his side, while we delay or hesitate to do the same on ours. If the enemy enter Greenbrier and Monroe, he secures portable property, useful and tributary to war, worth more than it would cost to extend the Covington and Ohio road, by temporary track, to the westward of t