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red just prior to the advance into Tennessee: Augusta, Georgia, December 6th, 1864. to his Excellency, Jefferson Davis, President Confederate States. Sir:--Your letter of the 30th ult., acknowledging the receipt of my telegram of the 24th November, was received by me on the road from Macon to this place. With the limited reliable means at our command, I believe that all that could be, has been done, under existing circumstances to oppose the advance of Sherman's forces towards the Ar had already thirteen brigades under his command. I finally instructed him to send only one brigade. if he contemplated taking the offensive at once, as had already been decided upon. I then left Corinth for Macon, where I arrived on the 24th of November. I did not countermand the campaign in Tennessee to pursue Sherman with Hood's Army for the following reasons: 1st. The roads and creeks from the Tennessee to the Coosa river across Sand and Lookout Mountains had been, by the prevaili