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fall back to Richmond, if not farther, as all his supplies must be transported by the road.
He indicates the places where troops should be stationed, and says from those places, if needed in battle, 10,000 men could be transported in twenty-four hours to either Fredericksburg or Richmond.
Gen. Bragg is hurt, because one of his captains has been given an independent command, without consulting him, to defend Atlanta, in his department.
He says the captain has no merit, and Atlanta and Augusta are in great danger — the newspapers having informed the enemy of the practicability of taking them.
He intimates an inclination to be relieved.
Mr. Plant, President of the Southern Express Company, was allowed to leave the Confederate States to-day by the Assistant Secretary of War, subject to the discretion of Gen. Whiting at Wilmington.
I suppose his fortune is made.
We have warm, fair weather now; but the momentary gloom, hanging like the pall of death over our affa
the time-but there were no Brooke guns, simply.
Thus, while Charleston's fate hangs trembling in the balance, and the guns are idle here, twenty days are fruitlessly spent.
Mr. Miles appears to be a friend of Beauregard.
Every letter that general sends to the department is sure to put twenty clerks at work in the effort to pick flaws in his accuracy of statement.
A report of the ordnance officers of Bragg's army shows that in the late retreat (without a battle) from Shelbyville to Chattanooga, the army lost some 6000 arms and between 200,000 and 300,000 cartridges!
Our naval commanders are writing that they cannot get seamen --and at Mobile half are on the sick list.
Lee writes that his men are in good fighting condition — if he only had enough of them.
Of the three corps, one is near Fredericksburg (this side the river), one at Orange C. H., and one at Gordonsville.
I doubt if there will be another battle for a month.
Meantime the Treasury notes continue to depr