him to do battle on a disadvantageous field.
By the latest intelligence from Washington we are led to believe that the hour of a great battle is very near.
So close are the contending forces now that any reconnaissance of a positive character may lead to it at a moment's notice.
The situation at Chattanooga and the Southwest--a Big blow to be struck.
The Yankees have news from Chattanooga as late as the 12th inst. An artillery duel between the batteries on Lookout Mountain and Moccasin Point is the only thing like news.
They say that Gen. Lee has taken Bragg's army; that Gen. Hardee has been assigned to Gen. Polk's corps, and relieved General Longstreet on Lookout Mountain.
The latter has gone with 16,000 troops, part of cavalry, to East Tennessee.
The balance of the cavalry have gone to Iuka.
Cheatham's and Stuart's divisions have returned, and Bragg has now three full corps — Hardee's, Breckinridge's, and Buckner's — a total of sixty thousand men, at a low estimate.