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The lines.

The weather yesterday morning being unusually beautiful and inviting, it was universally believed that military operations of some kind would take place along our lines; and the loud reports of ordnance heard near the centre of our position, early in the day, seemed to corroborate the general rumor.--Upon enquiry, however, we learned that an artillery company had simply been amusing itself by shelling the enemy out of the woods and trying their range. More than this nothing occurred, and all subsided again into the lazy sunshine and monotony of usual daily routine and the uninviting commonplaces of camp life.

Whatever may be the expectations and preparations of the foe, they may rest assured our noble army is not idle, and whenever an onset begins again, they will find that our men and Generals are really is earnest, and, if possible, unusually so. All are anxious for a resumption of active operations, for the troops feel confident of victory, and are desirous of being led forward to fresh triumphs. This sentiment is universal in all branches of the service, and doubtless fully known to those commanding.

Facility of agrees or ingress to our army is a matter almost of impossibility — none are allowed to pass the numerous pickets without a Major General's permit; and Colonels, or whoever they may be, presenting themselves without such documents, are denied passage to and fro as summarily as the veriest private in the ranks.

We are extremely glad to see such strictness enforced by our commanders, and trust that the boast of some are not true, viz: ‘"That little difficulty is experienced in passing to and fro at right, for the guard are either too lazy or careless to carefully examine passes presented to them,"’ &c. The work of sappers is progressing admirably, in various directions, and the results, even now, are perceptible, and most with the warm and hearty approbation of all Quartermasters and Commissaries, whose onerous labors call them in all directions and through all the by-paths of the country. If the daily detail was heavier in all Divisions, the result to health and comfort would be incalculable.

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