morale, and efficiency of the army. The frequent occurrence of disobedience of orders or inactivity in the execution of them, desertion from the service, the embezzlement of public stores, show conclusively that so long as guilt remains unpunished disorders and crimes will abound. The sentences of the military courts have also been in many instances made nugatory by numerous efforts against their execution, and in case of the flagrant nature above referred to. The fact should deeply enter the mind of the army and country, that in time of active war, where the safety of the Confederacy is at stake, all who gave neglected their duty and have deserted their colors should be punished as they deserve. Inadequate punishments for such offenses are neither just nor humane. The commander of the forces announces that in future the law will be faithfully and promptly enforced.
Courts-martial will therefore proceed diligently to the trial of all cases which may be brought before them. Their proceedings will be promptly rendered, and the execution of their sentences promptly carried into effect.
It shall be the duty of the inspector-general of each corps, division, and brigade of the army to see after every muster all stoppages of pay ordered by courts-martial or the military courts are entered on the muster-rolls.
By command of Lieutenant-General Hardee:
GEORGE WM. BRENT,
Field return of the effective strength of the Army of Tennessee.
Command. Effective Total present. Aggregate
Cheatham's division. 3,881 4,907 5,407
Stevenson's division. 5,293 6,580 7,112
Cleburne's division. 5,145 6,496 7,005
Walker's division. 5,192 6,504 6,978
Total. 19,511 24,487 26,502
Hindman's division. 5,213 6,459 7,049
Breckinridge's 4,552 5,656 6,265
Stewart's division. 4,326 5,284 6,569
Total. 14,091 17,399 19,883
Cheatham's division. 293 324 339
Stevenson's division. 244 279 295
Cleburne's division. 222 266 274
Walker's division. 219 234 242
Total. 978 1,103 1,150
Hindman's division. 247 291 306
Breckinridge's 228 270 296
Stewart's division. 328 367 377
Total. 803 928 979
Robertson's 373 452 472
William's battalion. 261 286 301
Total. 634 738 773