onstrations of the enemy upon our flank and rear are as yet undeveloped.
McPherson and Hooker seem to be the presiding spirits over these efforts to drive us from our great network of natural fortification.
They are energetic and daring, but Geo Johnston, besides having a long head, has a wondrously confident and reliable army.
At this moment I could not tell you precisely the status of the rear, for I am in from a different latitude, where no thought is taken of anything but the enemy in front; but feel certain that General Johnston is advised of all that transpires, and that he is moving his men over the chess beard with cool skill.
I sit here on a little hillside and nose
down these lines, with the noise of a siege going on, as indifferently, because as securely, as though I were in my own room.
Such is the universal, child like reliance upon the wisdom of the commanding chief.
I sent you a telegram yesterday afternoon of the capture of Col LaGrange and his command.