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d at first by one river, (the Tennessee,) and afterwards by two, (the Tennessee and Cumberland.) hence they will be unable to support each other, being unprovided with pontoon trains; but their operations must be more or less dependent on or connected with each other.
I will first refer to those in East Tennessee, and then to those west of it.
In the first case, our objective point must be, first Louisville, and then Cincinnati.
How best to reach them from Chattanooga, with Buell at Huntsville and Stevenson, is the question.
It is evident he has the advantage of two bases of operations — the Cumberland and Tennessee rivers — and that if we advance towards our objective points without getting rid of him we would expose our lines of communication with Chattanooga.
We must then give him battle first, or compel him to retire before us.
Should he retire on Nashville (as the newspapers say he is now doing) we will be advancing towards Louisville; but should he venture on Floren