Columbia, and so greatly outnumbers mine at this time that I am compelled to act on the defensive.
None of General Smith's troops have arrived yet, although they embarked at St. Louis on Tuesday last.
The transportation of Generals Hatch's and Grierson's cavalry was ordered by General Washburne I am told, to be turned in at Memphis, which has crippled the only cavalry I had at this time.
All of my cavalry was dismounted to furnish horses to Kilpatrick's division, which went with General Sherman.
My dismounted cavalry is now detained at Louisville, awaiting arms and horses.
Horses are arriving slowly, and arms have been detained somewhere en route for more than a month.
General Grierson has been delayed by conflicting orders in Kansas, and from Memphis, and it is impossible to say when he will reach here.
Since being placed in charge of affairs in Tennessee, I have lost nearly fifteen thousand men discharged by expiration of service and permitted to go home to vote.
My gain is