enjamin knows, that Gen. Johnston has not exceeding 29,000 effective men. And the Secretary knows that Gen. J. has given him timely notice of the inadequacy of his force to hold the position at Bowling Green.
The Yankees are well aware of our weakness, but they intend to claim the astounding feat of routing 150,000 men with 100,000!
And they suppose that by giving us credit for such a vast army, we shall not deem it necessary to send reinforcements.
Well, reinforcements are not sent.
Beauregard has been ordered to the West.
I knew the doom was upon him!
But he will make his mark even at Columbus, though the place seems to me to be altogether untenable and of no practicable importance, since the enemy may attack both in front and rear.
It would seem that some of the jealous functionaries would submit to any misfortune which would destroy Beauregard's popularity.
But these are exceptions: they are few and far between, thank Heaven!
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will speak as boldly in the Senate as out of it.
I met Gen. Davis to-day (the President's nephew), just from Goldsborough, where his brigade is stationed.
He is in fineplumage --and I hope he will prove a game-cock.
Major-Gen. French, in command at Petersburg, is a Northern man. Our native generals are brigadiers.
It is amazing that all the superior officers in command near the capital should be Northern men. Can this be the influence of Gen. Cooper?
It may prove disastrous!
Gen. Smith writes that he deems Wilmington in a condition to resist any attacks.
The exposition of Mr. Benjamin's dispatches has created profound mortification in the community.
Another transport has been taken from the enemy in the Cumberland River.
No further news from Arkansas.
There is a white flag (small-pox) within seventy yards of our house.
But it is probable we must give up the house soon, as the owner is desirous to return to it-being unable to get board in the c
as the military authorities, wink at this traffic, and share its profits.
I hope we may get bacon, without strychnine.
Congress has passed a bill prohibiting, under severe penalties, the — traffic in Federal money.
But neither the currency bill, the tax bill, nor the repeal of the exemption act has been effected yet, and the existence of the present Congress shortly expires.
A permanent government is a cumbersome one.
The weather is fine, and I am spading up my little garden.
For some cause, we had no mail to-day.
Fine, bright, and pleasant weather.
Yesterday Mr. Lyons called up the bill for increased compensation to civil officers, and made an eloquent speech in favor of the measure.
I believe it was referred to a special committee, and hope it may pass soon.
It is said the tax bill under consideration in Congress will produce $500,000,000 revenue!
If this be so, and compulsory funding be adopted, there will soon be no redundancy of paper money, and
by the enemy.
Senator Hunter sends a letter to Mr. Seddon which he has just received from Randolph Dickinson, Camp 57th Virginia, stating that it is needful to inaugurate negotiations for the best possible terms without delay, as the army, demoralized and crumbling, cannot be relied upon to do more fighting, etc. Mr. Hunter indorses:
My dear sir, will you read the inclosed?
I fear there is too much truth in it. Can't the troops be paid?
Yours most truly, R. M. T. Hunter.
Clear and cool.
It is now said Mr. Seddon's resignation has not yet been accepted, and that his friends are urging the President to persuade him to remain.
Another rumor says ex-Gov. Letcher is to be his successor, and that Mr. Benjamin has sent in his resignation.
Nothing seems to be definitely settled.
I wrote the President yesterday that, in my opinion, there was no ground for hope unless communication with the enemy's country were checked, and an entire change in the conscriptio