concert you will be able on my return to supply me with accurate data and information, which will enable me to act according to my general plan.
Of course, I believe in as few depots as possible, and those on a large scale, well guarded. These deports, I think, should be at Nashville, Chattanooga, Huntsville, and Decatur, the two former of course the principal. I am not yet clear as to the line of operations from East Kentucky, but if anywhere it should not be far from Prestonburg, drawing from the mouth of the Big Sandy.
We are on the offensive, and should not think of any defensive measure. I wish you to use General Potter to examine the question as to East Kentucky, and be prepared for active removal of the depot or diminution of its capacity, according to the facts elicited.
W. T. SHERMAN,
COLUMBUS, March 24, 1864-4.30 a. m.
I received the following from Captain Odlin:
The rebels have just driven the pickets on the Dresden and Hickman road. Order the Crawford-
At this point the lines were cut. I supposed it meant to order the Crawford to Hickman for the company, which I have done. I have thrown out my mounted infantry 5 miles, as an advance picket for this post.
WM. HUDSON LAWRENCE,
Colonel Thirty-fourth New Jersey Vols., Commanding.
PADUCAH, March 24-9.40 a. m.
I have a gun-boat here. I am ready for them.
S. G. HICKS,
Colonel, Commanding Post.
COLUMBUS, March 24-10.15 a. m.
Captain J. H. ODLIN,
They have burned the State Line bridge, 6 miles from Union City. We hear nothing from Hawkins.
W. H. LAWRENCE,
COLUMBUS, March 24, 1864-11.20 a. m.
Latest information, they are marching on this place. I just saved the train by my boldness. I beat them to the bridge. Send all dis-