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. Laurel and Point Branch bridges on the Washington and Baltimore railroad were burnt by the rebels on Tuesday, and the railroad, cut in five different places. The Chronicle says it will take some time to repair the road. Sumner, of Mass, was on board the train with Gen. Franklin, but not being recognized escaped capture. The Chronicle says the crack of the rebel rifles are heard in the very environs of Washington. A letter from Nashville, dated July 7th, says the final and decisive battle for the possession of Atlanta must shortly ensue in the vicinity of that city, and adds should Johnston stand, Sherman will probably cease flanking and deliver battle. Owing to the interruption of the telegrapic communication the Chronicle has no dispatches north of Baltimore. Generals Ed Johnson, G. H. Stuart, Frank Gardner, J. J. Archer, and Jeff. Thompson, have been placed under the rebel fire in forts near Charleston. The Florida has captured five more vessels.
been read to his troops, was a failure upon the part of his corps commanders to comply with Johnston's plan of battle. Gen. Johnston having determined upon his line of battle, notified his troops that he was now ready and about to lead them to victory. Every heart pulsated with patriotic fervor in response to the call of the tried and trusted chieftain. Joe. Johnston had deliberately chosen his time and his position — the word had been given, and the deed must be done. Accordingly Gen. Johnson ordered his corps commanders to advance their commands and occupy certain designated positions. All was progressing admirably for the happy consummation of this splendid conception — when a staff officer, charging up to one of Johnston's distinguished Lieutenant Generals, made the starting announcement that the enemy were on his flank in large and threatening numbers. Placing implicit confidence in the announcement of a staff officer, the Lieutenant General, fearing to move, failed