l as I remember.
There is no indication of the probable result — no intimation whether the position was gained.
But the belief is general that Bragg will retreat, and that the enemy may, if he will, penetrate the heart of the South!
To us it seems as if Bragg has been in a fog ever since the battle of the 20th of September.
He refused to permit-- to move on the enemy's left for nearly two months, and finally consented to it when the enemy had been reinforced by 30,000 from Meade, and by Sherman's army from Memphis, of 20,000, just when he could not spare a large detachment!
In other words, lying inert before a defeated army, when concentrated; and dispersing his forces when the enemy was reinforced and concentrated!
If disaster ensues, the government will suffer the terrible consequences, for it assumed the responsibility of retaining him in command when the whole country (as the press says) demanded his removal.
From letters received the last few days at the department, I p