ter, for a passport.
I declined to give it; and he departed in anger, saying the Secretary would grant it. He knew this, for he said the Secretary had promised him one.
Col. Bledsoe was in to-day.
I had not seen him for a long time.
He had not been sitting in the office two minutes before he uttered one of his familiar groans.
Instantly we were on the old footing again.
He said Secretary Benjamin had never treated him as Chief of the Bureau, any more than Walker.
Dibble has succeeded in obtaining a passport from the Secretary himself.
Gen. T. J. Jackson has destroyed a principal dam on the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal.
That will give the enemy abundance of trouble.
This Gen. Jackson is always doing something to vex the enemy; and I think he is destined to annoy them more.
It is with much apprehension that I see something like a general relaxation of preparation to hurl back the invader.
It seems as if the government were w
government, owes service to the country in its hour of peril.
I am glad to hear that W. H. B. Custis, of the Eastern Shore of Virginia, takes no part in the war. This is the proper course for him under the circumstances.
It is said he declined a high position tendered by the Federal Government.
No doubt he has been much misrepresented: his principles are founded on the Constitution, which is violated daily at Washington, and therefore he can have no sympathy with that government.
We shall never arrive at the correct amount of casualties at the battle of Fredericksburg.
The Enquirer today indicates that our loss in killed, wounded, and missing (prisoners), amounted to nearly 4000.
On the other hand, some of the Federal journals hint that their loss was 25,000. Gen. Armstrong (Confederate), it is said, counted 3500 of their dead on the field; and this was after many were buried.
There are five wounded to one killed. But where Burnside is now, or what he will a
t of last session of Congress is a failure, in a great measure, in Virginia.
It is said only 30,000 bushels of wheat have been received!
But the Governor of Alabama writes that over 5,000,000 pounds of bacon will be paid by that State.
We have dispatches to-day from Western Virginia, giving hope of the capture of Averill and his raiders.
Such is the scarcity of provisions, that rats and mice have mostly disappeared, and the cats can hardly be kept off the table.
Averill has escaped, it is feared.
But it is said one of his regiments and all his wagons will be lost.
Gen. Longstreet writes (16th instant) that he must suspend active operations for the want of shoes and clothing.
The Quartermaster-General says he sent him 3500 blankets a few days since.
There are fifty-one quartermasters and assistant quartermasters stationed in this city!
Pound cakes, size of a small Dutch oven, sell at $100. Turkeys, from $10 to $40.
either cannot or will not break our shackles.
An official account states the number of houses burnt by the enemy in Atlanta to be 5000!
There is a rumor of another and a formidable raid on Gordonsville.
The railroad is now exclusively occupied with the transportation of troops-perhaps for Wilmington.
The raid may be a ruse to prevent reinforcements being sent thither.
The Andersonville Report belongs to the Adjutant-General's Office, and therefore has not come back to me.
Clear and cold.
We have nothing from below.
From Wilmington, we learn.
there is much commotion to resist the armada launched against that port.
Gen. Lee is sending troops via the Danville Road in that direction.
The wire has been cut between this and Gordonsville, by the scouts of the raiders launched in that direction.
We breakfast, dine, and sup on horrors now, and digest them all quite sullenly.
I am invited to a turkey dinner to-day (at Mr. Waterhouse's), and have some