prised that their great army has not yet reached the rebel position and attacked it. The reasons of the present delay are known only to Gen. Halleck.
Doubtless they are good and sufficient.
Every thing here would seem to be in readiness — the roads are good, and the army as much prepared as it ever will be. All the heavy guns are safely in front, and can easily be moved any distance wished.
Perhaps the Commander-in-Chief is waiting for the Gulf-fleet to occupy Memphis, or, when reaching Vicksburgh, to destroy the railroad at Jackson.
Something foreign from here evidently influences him. As matters now stand, a battle may occur at any moment, yet be avoided for a week.
Our offensive movements begin to resemble those lately at Yorktown, approaching the enemy's works as if a siege was intended, and endeavoring to achieve a complete victory with as little loss of life as possible.
It is more than probable the two results will be similar.
In regard to efficiency, nothing more could