--A correspondent of the Atlanta Register,
writing from Gen. Johnston
's army, says:
is biding his time — being diligent in every matter that tends to strengthen the army and insure success in the coming campaign.
The troops are drilled daily.
Brigade drills are of frequent occurrence.
The different Brigadiers are on the qui vive
--each one being anxious for his brigade to excel.
have had division drills, and Lieut. Gen. Hood
has also had his corps out. I learn that Hood
is much liked by his command, and I am confident that in the next battle he will lead his gallant band to victory.
The army is excellently officered at present.--Gen. Johnston
having command, is assisted by two distinguished Generals
and Hardes; while among the division commanders we have Cheatham
, and Bate
, and a goodly number of excellent Brigadiers, to say nothing of the commanders of regiments and battalions.
is in charge of the cavalry, assisted by Roddy
and others equally brave and distinguished.
The men are in fine health, and well disciplined.
You may, therefore, expect much from this army when the hour for action arrives.
Every man is confident that we shall be able to defeat the enemy whenever we meet him. This very confidence alone argues well for the future — originating as it does from honest conviction as opposed to vain boasting.
, we suppose, are busily engaged in perfecting their plans for future operations.
What their real designs are we cannot say. We can only conjecture now, and then wait for their full development, which will take place in a few weeks.
Their late failure in the illative attempt to march at will into the interior of Georgia
, has inconvenienced them to an alarming extent.
It appears that Sherman
, and Grierson
, set out a few weeks ago with the motto, "a stitch in time saves nine," and the three latter parties having failed to come to time, the nine stitches must now be made.
It is generally believed that Northern Georgia
or East Tennessee
will be the theatre of the grandest, most bloody battle of the war. The prospectus has been announced, and the troops are quietly discussing its variegated nature.
It is thought here that the Federals
will commence moving about the 15th of next month.
Brig. Gen. Wm. N. Pendleton
, Chief of Artillery
of the Army of Virginia, resumed his clerical duties, being a minister of the Episcopal Church, and held service yesterday in the Baptist Church at Dalton
He preached a most eloquent and touching discourse from the 26th chapter, 39th verse, of St. Matthew.
The church was crowded to its utmost capacity, a large number not being able to gain admittance Gen. Johnston
, Lieut. Gen. Hardee
, and a number of officers and ladies were present — the church being principally filled with privates.