OR, Series 1, Vol. 32, Part 3, Page 800

Headquarters Lee's Cavalry
Tuscaloosa, Ala.
April 30, 1864
Lieut. Col. T. M. Jack
Assistant Adjutant General
Demopolis, Ala.
   I have received no reply as yet to my communication with reference to removing my headquarters and the expedition proposed into Middle Tennessee and Kentucky, but hope to hear to-day. I urge that the Memphis & Charleston Railroad be at once completed to Corinth to facilitate furnishing supplies near the Tennessee River in case any movement is contemplated in that direction; it is the only way forage, &c., can be furnished, as the Tennessee Valley is exhausted.
   The railroad from Corinth to Barton Station, 28 miles west of Tuscumbia, on the Memphis & Charleston Railroad, is but little out of order and can be easily repaired. This I consider all-important, looking to future operations.
   The move indicated I consider important, as it will divert a large force to garrison the railroad and to follow after the expeditions and so weaken the force at Chattanooga as to enable General Johnston to beat it. If the enemy do not garrison the railroad heavily it can be destroyed.
   I do not think there is any move contemplated in Mississippi by the enemy, and that their entire strength will be brought to bear in Virginia and Georgia, and that the two battles there will materially affect the grand result, whereas any small expedition in Mississippi or Alabama will be subservient, to those in Virginia and Georgia. A flank move from this department will disarrange all their plans. I also ask that direction be given to furnish wagons, &c., for the pontoon train now being built by Captain Wintter, near Gainesville, to be used by my command or by the infantry command as in the opinion of the commanding general may be expedient. I ask this as most of the pontoons are now constructed.
I am, colonel, yours, respectfully,
S. D. Lee