skeleton of an army, we rest in doubt and idleness.
There is a screw loose somewhere.
Fortifications are being constructed.
My men are working on them.
Just now I heard the whistle of a locomotive, on the opposite side of the river.
This is the first intimation we have had of the completion of the road to this point.
The bridge will be finished in a day or two, and then the trains will arrive and depart from Murfreesboro regularly.
Called at Colonel Wilder's quarters, and while there met General J. J. Reynolds.
He made a brief allusion to the Stalnaker times.
On my return to camp, I stopped for a few minutes at Department Headquarters to see Garfield.
General Rosecrans came into the room; but, as I was dressed in citizens' clothes, did not at first recognize me. Garfield said: General Rosecrans, Colonel Beatty.
The General took me by the hand, turned my face to the light, and said he did not have a fair view of me before.
Well, he con
rin, which excites the suspicion that he is either still very green or deficient in the upper story.
Colonels Wilder and Funkhauser called.
We had just disposed of a bottle of wine, when Colonel Harker made his appearance, and we entered forthwith upon another.
Colonel Wilder expects to accomplish a great work with his mounted infantry.
He is endeavoring to arm them with the Henry rifle, a gun which, with a slight twist of the wrist, will throw sixteen bullets in almost that him that assistance which, under other circumstances, either of them might do. These gentlemen dined with me. Harker and Wilder expressed a high opinion of General Buell.
Wilder says Gilbert is a d-d scoundrel, and responsible for the loss at MumfoWilder says Gilbert is a d-d scoundrel, and responsible for the loss at Mumfordsville.
Harker, however, defended Gilbert, and is the only man I have ever heard speak favorably of him.
The train coming from Nashville to-day was fired upon and four men wounded.
Yesterday there was a force of the enemy along the whole sout
r officers, and write a patriotic letter, but concluded to reserve my fire, and have had reason to congratulate myself since that I did so, for these letters have been as plenty as blackberries, and many of them not half so good.
A Republican has not much need to write.
His patriotism is taken for granted.
He is understood to be willing to go the whole nigger, and, like the ogre of the story books, to whom the most delicious morsel was an old woman, lick his chops and ask for more.
Wilder came in yesterday, with his mounted infantry, from a scout of eight or ten days, bringing sixty or seventy prisoners and a large number of horses.
A railway train was destroyed by the rebels near Lavergne yesterday.
One hundred officers fell into the hands of the enemy, and probably one hundred thousand dollars in money, on the way to soldiers' families, was taken.
This feat was accomplished right under the nose of our troops.
To the uninitiated army life is very fascin
Tile rain descended in torrents, and the peals of thunder were, I think, louder and more frequent than I ever heard before.
Met Loomis; he had accompanied General Rosecrans and others to witness the trial of a machine, invented by Wilder, for tearing up railroad tracks and injuring the rails in such a manner as to render them worthless.
Hitherto the rebels, when they have torn up our railroads, have placed the bars crosswise on a pile of ties, set fire to the latter, and so heated and bent the rails; but by heating them again they could be easily straightened and made good.
Wilder's instrument twists them so they can not be used again.
The New York Herald, I observe, refers with great severity to General Hascall's administration of affairs in Indiana; saying that to place such a brainless fool in a military command is not simply an error, it is a crime.
This is grossly unjust.
Hascall is not only a gallant soldier, but a man of education and excellent sense.
Mighty rambunctious, sah; he's gettin‘ bad, sah.
Major James Connelly, One Hundred and Twentythird Illinois, called.
His regiment is mounted and in Wilder's brigade.
It participated in the engagement at Hoover's Gap.
When my brigade was at Hillsboro, Connelly's regiment accompanied Wilder to to this place (DecherdWilder to to this place (Decherd). The veracious correspondent reported that Wilder, on that expedition, had destroyed the bridge here and done great injury to the railroad, permanently interrupting communication between Bridgeport and Tullahoma; but, in fact, the bridge was not destroyed, and trains on the railroad were only delayed two hours. The expedition suWilder, on that expedition, had destroyed the bridge here and done great injury to the railroad, permanently interrupting communication between Bridgeport and Tullahoma; but, in fact, the bridge was not destroyed, and trains on the railroad were only delayed two hours. The expedition succeeded, however, in picking up a few stragglers and horses.
General Stanley has returned from Huntsville, bringing with him about one thousand North Alabama negroes.
This is a blow at the enemy in the right place.
Deprived of slave labor, the whites will be compelled to send home, or leave at home, white men enou