n men then in the city.
But the other Convention, to meet on the 16th, might do something.
He recommended me to a friend of his who distributed the tickets, who gave me a card of admission.
Wrote all day for several journals.
Great demonstrations made throughout the day, and hundreds of secession flags are flying in all parts of the city.
At night, while sitting with Captain O. Jennings Wise in the editorial room of the Enquirer, I learned from the Northern exch kept by Mrs. Samuels, and her sister, Miss Long, I found the ladies making secession flags.
Indeed, the ladies everywhere seem imbued with the spirit of patriotism, and never fail to exert their influence in behalf of Southern independence.
To-day the secession fires assumed a whiter heat.
In the Convention the Union men no longer utter denunciations against the disunionists.
They merely resort to pretexts and quibbles to stave off the inevitable ordinance.
They had sent a d
was no brigade for him. Returning from thence, some of his officers, who had escaped the trap at Roanoke, crowded round him to learn the issue of his application.
There is no Secretary of War I said he.
What is Randolph?
He is not Secretary of War!
said he; he is merely a clerk, an underling, and cannot hold up his head in his humiliating position.
He never will be able to hold up his head, sir.
There will soon be hard fighting on the Peninsula.
Gen. Beauregard has written to Gen. Wise, offering him a command in his army, if the government will consent to it. It will not be consented to.
Troops are being concentrated rapidly in Virginia by Gen. Lee.
To-day Congress passed an act providing for the termination of martial law within thirty days after the meeting of the next session.
This was as far as they could venture; for, indeed, a majority seem to be intimidated at the glitter of bayonets in the
Rights-nevertheless, being subject to militia duty by the laws of the State, they are liable under the Act of Conscription.
Well, we are getting only some 700 conscripts per month in Virginia — the largest State!
At this rate, how are we to replenish the ranks as they become thinned in battle?
It is to be hoped the enemy will find the same difficulty in filling up their regiments, else we have rather a gloomy prospect before us. But God can and will save us if it be His pleasure.
There is a dispatch, unofficial, from the West, contradicting the news of the defeat of Van Dorn.
On the Cumberland River, another dispatch says, we have met with new successes, capturing or destroying several more gun-boats.
And Wheeler has certainly captured a railroad train in the rear of the enemy, containing a large sum of Federal money, and a number of officers.
We have nothing from the South, except a letter from Gen. Whiting, in regard to some demonstration at Bull Bay, S.
id independence without liberty was of no value to him, and if he must have a master, he cared not whether he was Northern or Southern.
If we gain our independence, this speech will ruin Mr. S.; if we do not, it may save him and his friends.
I published an article yesterday in the Enquirer, addressed to the President, on the subject of supplies for the army and the people (the government to take all the supplies in the country), the annihilation of speculady day.
The following dispatch from Gen. Forrest shows that the bloody work has commenced in earnest:
Demopolis, Ala., April 19th. to Gen. S. Cooper.
The following dispatch has just been received from Gen. Forrest, dated Jackson, Tenn., April 15th.
L. Polk, Lieut.-General.
I attacked Fort Pillow on the morning of the 12th inst., with a part of Bell's and McCulloch's brigades, numbering--, under Brig.-Gen. J. R. Chalmers.
After a short fight we drove the enemy, seven hundred stron