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Page 9 Chapter XXXVII. CORRESPONDENCE, ETC.-UNION.

as suggested in my former communication on that subject. A large cavalry force cannot subsist in the Kanawha, and I cannot believe anything more than a raid would be attempted, during the winter, at least. To be exceedingly watchful, keeping scouts everywhere in front and flanks, and prepared to concentrate at Gauley, seems to me the true course. For this reason, industry should be used in making that position defensible, as before suggested.

I fear we cannot calculate upon much aid, for there is nothing within reach, and the removal of Crook in the face of reports heretofore made by me shows that the necessity elsewhere must be great. To do the very best thing possible with the means we have is not our duty.

Let me know your views as to the use of your force, if left for a time without help.

Your dispatch will be forwarded to General Wright.

J. D. COX,

Major-General.

WASHINGTON, D. C., January 29, 1863.

Major-General HOOKER:

Will you be in Washington soon, or shall I arrange to meet you at Aquia on business?

H. W. HALLECK,

General-in-Chief.


HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC,
January 30, 1863.

Major General H. W. HALLECK,

General-in-Chief:

Have no business requiring my presence in Washington, but will meet you there or at Aquia, as you may desire.

JOSEPH HOOKER,

Major-General, Commanding.

WASHINGTON, D. C.,

January 30, 1863.

Major-General HOOKER:

As some of the matters on which I wish to meet you may require a reference to the War Department or to the President, I will meet you here at your earliest convenience.

H. W. HALLECK,

General-in-Chief.


HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC,
January 30, 1863.

Major-General HALLECK:

I will be in Washington to-night, and report in the morning.

JOSEPH HOOKER,

Major-General, Commanding.


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