s, than Mr. Lincoln would dare to penetrate a cavern without torch-bearers, in which the rattle of venomous snakes could be heard.
They have ascended to Florence, and may get footing in Alabama and Mississippi!
And Fort Donelson has been attacked by an immensely superior force.
We have 15,000 men there to resist, perhaps, 75,000!
Was ever such management known before?
Who is responsible for it?
If Donelson falls, what becomes of the ten or twelve thousand men at Bowling Green?
All our garrison in Fort Henry, with Gen. Tilghman, surrendered.
I think we had only 1500 men there.
Guns, ammunition, and stores, all gone.
No news from Donelson-and that is bad news.
Benjamin says he has no definite information.
But prisoners taken say the enemy have been reinforced, and are hurling 80,000 against our 15,000.
Such a day!
The heavens weep incessantly.
Capitol Square is black with umbrellas; and a shelter has been erected for the President
of our steamers in Red River, and then compelled our pilot to steer the Queen of the West farther up the river.
The heroic pilot ran the boat under our masked batteries, and then succeeded in escaping by swimming.
The Queen of the West was forced to surrender.
This adventure has an exhilarating effect upon our spirits.
Hon. James Lyons sent to the President to-day a petition, signed by a majority of the members of Congress, to have me appointed major in the conscription service.
Major-Gen. Hood's division passed through the city to-day, and crossed over the river.
I hope an attack will be made at Suffolk.
It is too menacing a position to allow the invader to occupy it longer.
No attack on Charleston yet, and there is a rumor that the command of the expedition is disputed by Foster and Hunter.
If it hangs fire, it will be sure to miss the mark.
This is the anniversary of the birth of Washington, and of the inauguration of President Davi
om Mr. Benjamin, that he is intrusted by the President with the custody of the secret service money.
Late papers from the United States show that they have a money panic, and that gold is rising in price.
In Lowell not a spindle is turning, and 30,000 operatives are thrown out of employment!
From England we learn that the mass of the population are memorializing government to put an end to the war!
I saw a ham sell to-day for $350; it weighed fifty pounds, at $t per pound.
Cold, clear, and calm, but moderating.
Mr. Benjamin sent over, this morning, extracts from dispatches received from his commercial agent in London, dated December 26th and January 16th, recommending, what had already been suggested by Mr. McRae, in Paris, a government monopoly in the export of cotton, and in the importation of necessaries, etc.
This measure has already been adopted by Congress, which clearly shows that the President can have any measure passed he pleases; and t
, an Englishman and a Northern newspaper reporter — a brigadiergen-eral.
This does not help the cause.
Mr. B. knows no more about war than a cat; while many a scarred colonel, native-born, and participants in a hundred fights, sue in vain for promotion.
Governor Clarke (Mississippi) telegraphs the President that nothing keeps the negroes from going to the enemy but the fear of being put in the Federal army; and that if it be attempted to put them in ours, all will run away, etc.
Another bright and glorious morning.
Charleston fell on Thursday night last.
A large number of heavy guns fell into the hands of the enemy.
The confidential telegraph operators remained with the enemy.
They were Northern men; but it is the policy of those in possession of this government to trust their enemies and neglect their friends.
Congress passed yesterday a bill abolishing the Bureau of Conscription in name-nothing more, if I understand it. The bill was manipulated by