- Find letter of instruction from Secretary of War at Dalton. -- my reply. -- letter from the President. -- mine in reply. -- condition of the army. -- General Hardee ordered to Mississippi to repel General Sherman's advance. -- movements of the enemy in our front. -- dispositions to meet them. -- General Hardee and his troops return to Dalton. -- correspondence with General Bragg. -- effective strength of the army of Tennessee. -- advance of General Sherman.
I found in Dalton a part of the instructions promised me by the President in his telegram of the 18th of December, in the following letter from the Secretary of War, Mr. Seddon, dated the 20th: