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tive 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 Naof our forces from Middle and East Tennessee to follow him rapidly and defeat him in a great battle, when we would be able to resume our march as before indicated.
We must, however, as soon as practicable, construct strong works to command the Tennessee and Cumberland rivers, for otherwise our communication would be cut off by the enemy as soon as these two rivers shall have risen sufficiently to admit the entrance of their gunboats and transports.
The best positions for said works are ab