they have three times that number.
The shadows of events are crowding thickly upon us, and the events will speak for themselves-and that speedily.
What we want is a military man capable of directing operations in the field everywhere.
I think Lee is such a man. But can he, a modest man and a Christian, aspire to such a position?
Would not Mr. Benjamin throw his influence against such a suggestion?
I trust the President will see through the mist generated around him.
Some of the mysterious letter-carriers, who have just returned from their jaunt into Tennessee, are applying again for passports to Baltimore, Washington, etc. I refuse them, though they are recommended by Gen. Winder's men; but they will obtain what they want from the Secretary himself, or his Assistant Secretary.
What if these men (they have passports) should be going to Washington to report the result of their reconnoissances in Tennessee?
The Tennessee River is hi
tates Government than slaves fighting against the South.
Almost every day, now, ships from Europe arrive safely with merchandise: and this is a sore vexation to the Northern merchants.
We are likewise getting, daily, many supplies from the North, from blockade-runners.
No doubt this is winked at by the United States military authorities, and perhaps by some of the civil ones, too.
If we are not utterly crushed before May (an impracticable thing), we shall win our independence.
There is a rumor that Kentucky has voted to raise an army of 60,000 men to resist the execution of Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation.
Fort Caswell, below Wilmington, has been casemated with iron; but can it withstand elongated balls weighing 480 pounds? I fear not. There are, however, submarine batteries; yet these may be avoided, for Gen. Whiting writes that the best pilot (one sent thither some time ago by the enemy) escaped to the hostile fleet since Gen. Smith visited North Ca
500,000 slaves, and give one to every soldier enlisting from beyond our present lines, at the end of the war. He thinks many from the border free States would enlist on our side.
The Secretary does not favor the project.
Gen. Whiting writes for an order for two locomotive boilers, at Montgomery, Ala., for his torpedo-boats, now nearly completed.
He says he intends to attack the blockading squadron off Wilmington.
The weather is still warm and beautiful.
The buds are swelling.
The Senate has passed a new Conscription Act, putting all residents between the ages of eighteen and fifty-five in the military service for the war. Those over forty-five to be detailed by the President as commissary quartermasters, Nitre Bureau agents, provost guards, clerks, etc. This would make up the enormous number of 1,500,000 men The express companies are to have no detail of men fit for the field, but the President may exempt a certain class for agricultural purposes, which, of
ainst is any appearance of a Protectorate on the part of the United States.
If the honor of the Southern people be saved, they will not haggle about material losses.
If negotiations fail, our people will receive a new impulse for the war, and great will be the slaughter.
Every one will feel and know that these commissioners sincerely desired an end of hostilities.
Two, perhaps all of them, even look upon eventual reconstruction without much repugnance, so that slavery be preserved.
Bright and beautiful, but quite cold; skating in the basin, etc.
The departure of the commissioners has produced much speculation.
The enemy's fleet has gone, it is supposed to Sherman at Charleston.
No doubt the Government of the United States imagines the rebellion in articulo mortis, and supposes the reconstruction of the Union a very practicable thing, and the men selected as our commissioners may confirm the belief.
They can do nothing, of course, if independence is th