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Messrs, Editors: I see by a notice in your last paper that our old friend, Col. James T. Preston is "working like a beaver" to raise a regiment for the war. I hope he may succeed, and that right speedily, for I am fully satisfied that a man better qualified, both by education and talent, cannot be found in this whole region. Besides, from all I can learn, no man hereabouts has spent as much time or labored half as hard for the cause of the South since the beginning of the present difficulty. In fact, for four months past he has been speaking, talking, and working in the volunteer movement to the total neglect of his own private affairs. War (like law, medicine, surgery, engineering, surveying, &c.,) is conducted on certain settled rules and principles, which must be thoroughly understood by every successful leader. The art of "attack" and "defence"--when to do the one or the other, and how to do so with the least possible loss and with the most destructive effect to the