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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 those counties, and to preserve this immense property for the use of our own army. The Southwestern and Central Railroads would then belong to him, and with such success into the State, the authority of Pierpont would be felt in the city of Richmond. The only economical and certain defence of that country and those roads, is to keep the enemy in the mountains if we cannot drive them beyond the Ohio. To keep him there, or to drive him westward, we must increase our means of transportation and economize in its cost. This can only be done successfully by pushing the railroad. The cost of transportation for an army of fifteen thousand men, by wagons, from Covington to the White Sulphur for nine