I have been busy answering mail, discussing issues with townspeople and working on plans for the coming campaign. I am stripping the troops to those needed to protect and hold the Mississippi and will cede the interior to the enemy partisans. We should not protect the Secesh in these areas that support the partisans. I will let the Secesh suffer their depravations, feed and supply them until they tire of it. We do not have men enough to both hold the territory and fight the armies of the enemy. I want to have a force in Huntsville that is lean and mobile as the one I marched through Mississippi. We can be more effective by rapid movements before the enemy has a chance to defend.