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Comdg. Trans-Miss. Dept.:
General,—You are probably aware that the Army of Tennessee, under General J. B. Hood, has penetrated into Middle Tennessee as far as Columbia, and that the enemy is concentrating all his available forces, under General Thomas, to oppose him. It is even reliably reported that the forces, under General ral Sherman is a stumbling-block in the way of his later assertions, and conflicts with the statements he has seen fit to make since the war about the burning of Columbia.
But we shall have occasion to discuss this subject hereafter.
General Hardee's answer was clear, firm, to the point.
It was written with moderation and digransportation, ammunition, and provisions for an active campaign.
You must have depots of provisions and forage at several points in the interior of the State.
Columbia would be a very suitable point; Florence also, if you expect to move in the direction of North Carolina.
Augusta, Mayfield, and Milledgeville must be depots for