--A correspondent of the Savannah Republican
, writing from Strawberry Plains, East Tennessee
, February 22d, furnishes the following items of interest:
To-day a General Order
from Division Headquarters, announced to the soldiers of Gen. Hood
's old division that Gen
The orders was issued by Gen.
who expressed himself highly honored in being appointed to lead these time-honored veterans, and as he placed implicit confidence in them he hoped they would give the same to him. Great satisfaction is manifested in this turn of our affairs, as no doubt the bickering and ill-feelings of the contest for the Major Generalcy
will now cause.
is a very courteous gentleman, and does not want a name, which gees a long way in obtaining the confidence of the old soldier, who is always suspicious of one of whom he one has heard anything.
He has now a fair opportunity of displaying those qualifications which make the great captain, if he has them, for there are no better troops in the Confederate army to execute military plans than these he commands at present.
We look forward with hope to at least a pleasant successor of our beloved General Hood
, if not for one we can admire as ardently as him
Everything is beginning to wear a busy and mystified aspect, as if some movement of the enemy was influencing our own at present.
Our pontoons had been laid across the Holston
, two brigades of infantry thrown across, with some cavalry, towards Knoxville
, to guard the work of the pioneers building a bridge over Flat Creek
, on the way to Knoxville
, and there were other signs of a forward movement.
But yesterday the pontoons were taken up immediately after the infantry had been ordered back on this side, and sent on the cars back towards Morristown
To-day we are expecting orders to move after them on the same route, and rumors are afloat that the enemy has been reinforced and is moving a column up the valley beyond Clinch Mountain
, to fall suddenly across the Holston
up near Rogersville
on Gen. Longstreet
No doubt Grant
has discovered the necessity of removing this force from his left flank before venturing to penetrate the interior of Georgia
This may be a step for that purpose, and Gen
. L. discovering it, is preparing to meet it.
Great numbers of the troops have re-enlisted for the war, in the face of all the hard ships and sufferings which are before them.
Our admiration for such noble courage and fortitude cannot be expressed.