d me to-day, as he beheld Major Tyler doing the honors of his office, that I might just hint at the possibility of his resumption soon of the functions of chief of the bureau.
But he said he wanted a few days holiday.
Gen. Pillow has advanced, and occupied Columbus, Ky. He was ordered, by telegraph, to abandon the town and return to his former position.
Then the order was countermanded, and he remains.
The authorities have learned that the enemy occupies Paducah.
The Secretary, after writing and tendering his resignation, appointed my young friend Jaques a special clerk with $2000 salary.
This was allowed by a recent act.
Some of Mr. Walker's clerks must know that he intends giving up the seals of office soon, for they are engaged day and night, and all night, copying the entire letter-book, which is itself but a copy of the letters I and others have written, with Mr. Walker's name appended to them.
Long may they be a monum
d one at Richmond, Kentucky, capturing thousands of prisoners.
This is not chance-it is God, to whom all the glory is due.
And Cincinnati is trembling to its center.
That abolition city, half foreign and half American, is listening for the thunder of our avenging guns.
The ranks of the enemy are broken everywhere in the West.
Buell is flying to Nashville as a city of refuge, but we have invincible columns interposed between him and his country.
Buell has impressed 10,000 slaves, and is fortifying Nashville.
Our army has entered the City of Lexington, and the population hail our brave soldiers as deliverers.
Three regiments were organized there in twenty-four hours, and thirty thousand recruits, it is thought, will flock to our standard in Kentucky.
Our flag floats over the Capitol at Frankfort!
And Gen. Marshall, lately the exile and fugitive, is encamped with his men on his own farm, n
mation to the enemy of the large number of troops detached from the Army of Virginia.
No doubt Gen. Meade will take advantage of their absence, and advance on Richmond again.
Yet I am told the very name of RichmonA is a terror to the foe.
A letter from Gen. J. E. Johnston, Atlantawhither he had repaired to attend a Court of Inquiry relating to Pemberton's operations, but which has been postponed under the present peril — repels indignantly the charge which seems to have beeerland Gap, 1200 prisoners, with 14 guns, without a fight.
All of Tennessee is now held by the enemy.
There has been another fight (cavalry) at Brandy Station, and our men, for want of numbers, fell back.
When will these things cease?
Gov. Vance writes that he has reliable information that the 30,000 troops in New York, ostensibly to enforce the draft, are intended for a descent on North Corolina, and Gen. Whiting has said repeatedly that 3000 could take Wilmington.
oth Gen. Bragg and the President.
These articles are written probably by Lieut.-Col. Lay or Col. August.
And the Examiner is opening all its batteries again on the President and Gen. Bragg.
The conscription men seem to have the odds; but the President, with a single eye, can discern his enemies, and when fully aroused is apt to pounce upon them like a relentless lion.
The times are critical, however, and the Secretary of War is very reserved, even when under positive orders to act.
A bright, cool morning.
Dispatches from Lieut.-Gen. R. Taylor indicate that Federal troops are passing up the Mississippi River, and that the attack on Mobile has been delayed or abandoned.
Gen. Lee writes urgently for more men, and asks the Secretary to direct an inquiry into-alleged charges that the bureaus are getting able-bodied details that should be in the army.
And he complains that rich young men are elected magistrates, etc., just to avoid service in the field.