,000 in the field in various places, and seem to be preparing for a simultaneous advance.
It is said millions of securities, the property of the enemy, are transferred to the United States.
It is even intimated that the men engaged in this business have the protection of men in high positions on both sides. Can it be possible that we have men in power who are capable of taking bribes from the enemy?
If so, God help the country!
Col. Ashby with 600 men routed a force of 1000 Yankees, the other day, near Harper's Ferry.
That is the cavalry again!
The spies here cannot inform the enemy of the movements of our mounted men, which are always made with celerity.
A lady, just from Washington, after striving in vain to procure an interview with the Secretary of War, left with me the programme of the enemy's contemplated movements.
She was present with the family of Gen. Dix at a party, and heard their purposes disclosed.
They meditate an advance imme
no one leaves the country now.
Gen. Winder and all his police and Plug Ugly gang have their friends or agents, whom they continually desire to send to Maryland.
And often there comes a request from Gen. Huger, at Norfolk, for passports to be granted certain parties to go out under flag of truce.
I suppose he can send whom he pleases.
We have news of a bloody battle in the West, at Belmont.
Gen. Pillow and Bishop Polk defeated the enemy, it is said, killing and wounding 1000.
Our loss, some 500.
Port Royal, on the coast of South Carolina, has been taken by the enemy's fleet.
We had no casemated batteries.
Here the Yankees will intrench themselves, and cannot be dislodged.
They will take negroes and cotton, and menace both Savannah and Charleston.
A gentleman from Urbana, on the Rappahannock, informs me that he witnessed the shelling of that village a few days ago. There are so few houses that the enemy did not strike any of them.
se of the government.
These men, with revenge rankling in their breasts, reported to Gen. Stuart that a large amount of forage might be obtained in the vicinity of Drainsville, and that but a few companies of the enemy were in the neighborhood.
The general believing these men to be loyal, since they seemed to have the confidence of the War Department, resolved to get the forage; and for that purpose started some 80 wagons early the next morning, escorted by several regiments of infantry and 1000 cavalry, hoping to capture any forces of the enemy in the vicinity.
Meantime the Drainsville traitors had returned to their homes the preceding evening, and sent off intelligence to the headquarters of the enemy of the purpose of Gen. Stuart to send out in that direction, early the next day, a foraging party consisting of so many wagons, and small forces of infantry, artillery, and cavalry.
The enemy hastened away to Drainsville an overwhelming force, and ambuscaded the road, where it en
, and a force should be sent suddenly up the James and York Rivers?
We have not a word from Fredericksburg, and it is probable Burnside's batteries still command the town.
Lee is content and has no idea of crossing the river.
There are two notable rumors in the streets : first, that we have gained a great battle in Tennessee; and, second, that the government at Washington has arrested John Van Buren and many other Democratic leaders in the North, which has resulted in a riot, wherein 1000 have fallen, making the gutters in New York run with blood!
Gen. Lee's official report says our loss in the battle of the 13th in killed and wounded did not exceed 1200, whereas our papers said 2050 wounded have already been brought to this city.
Well, our government must have spies at Washington as an offset to Federal spies here among Gen. Winder's policemen; for we knew exactly when the enemy would begin operations in North Carolina, and ordered the cotton east of the Weldon Railro
equal share) consisted of twelve eggs, $1.25; a little corn bread, some rice and potatoes.
How long shall we have even this variety and amount?
Bad beef in market, this morning, sold at $1.25 per pound.
After bombarding Fort McAlister on the 3d inst. and all night, the enemy's fire ceased.
The fort was not much injured, says the dispatch.
There is a rumor to-day that the fort has been reduced-but no one believes it.
Gen. Van Dorn has had a fight in Tennessee, killing and wounding 1000 and capturing 2600 prisoners. Our loss is said to have been heavy.
Gen. Lee writes that now, since Lincoln may call out 3,000,000 men, and has $900,000,000 voted him, we must put out all our strength, if we expect to keep the field.
We shall certainly have an exciting time.
But there may be use for some of the Federal troops in the North!
If not, I apprehend that Richmond must withstand another siege and assault.
It is said they have dropped the Constitution and the Union in the Unite
ition; large lot of artillery harness; large lot of wheels, axles, ammunition chests, etc.; 16,500 muskets and rifles; 4000 cap pouches; 11,500 haversacks, and 300,000 rounds infantry ammunition.
The report says thousand of our soldiers helped themselves on the field to better arms, etc., which cannot be computed.
Now for the prisoners.
To-day the last lot taken by Hooker arrived by flag of truce boat, making in all just 2700.
We have already sent off 7000 prisoners taken from him, and 1000 are yet to go. Our killed, wounded, and missing amount to but little over 8000.
Hooker's killed and wounded are admitted by the Northern papers to be 20,000, and some say his entire loss was fully 40,000.
So much for his march over the Rappahannock and his flight back again.
If he is not satisfied, Lee will try him again.
Sunday, may 24
We have had a fortnight of calm, dry, and warm weather.
There is a hazy atmosphere, and the sun rises and sets wearing a blood-red aspect.
ar when he can get paper.
He publishes 5000 copies of about 130 pages.
The paper costs nearly one dollar per pound, over $40 per ream.
The printing costs $2 per 1000 ems. But then he retails the pamphlet at $1.25, and pays me 12-} cents copyright on each number sold.
We have not even a rumor to-day from Mississippim, who, they said, were coming on. They thus succeeded in making many of our people an easy prey to their rapacity and cunning.
In this foray, they abducted about 1000 negroes, captured from 500 to 700 horses and mules, a large number of oxen, carriages, buggies and wagons-stole meat, destroyed grain, and robbed gentlemen, in the, Ala., have invented a mode of manufacturing cotton and woolen handcards, themselves making the steel and wire, and in a few weeks will be turning out from 800 to 1000 pairs of cards per week.
This will be a great convenience to the people.
Gen. Whiting writes that the river at Wilmington is so filled with the ships of priva
ts, $2 per bushel; potatoes, $3; rice, 10 cents; sugar, 80 cents; soap, 40 cents; and wheat, $3.50 per bushel.
Gen. Lee writes that the railroad brings him but 1000 bushels of corn per day; not enough to bring up his exhausted cavalry and artillery horses; and he suggests that passenger cars be occasionally left behind for thenjustice, and the thousand and one A. A. G.'s, there will soon be a very important accession to the army.
Major Joseph B----, who was lately confined with over 1000 of our officers, prisoners, on Johnson Island, Lake Erie, proposes a plan to the Secretary of War whereby he is certain the island can be taken, and the prisoners overture.
I shall never forgive him!
The signal officers report that three large ocean steamers passed down the Potomac day before yesterday, having on board 1000 men each; and that many large steamers are constantly going up --perhaps for more.
Brig.-Gen. Roger A. Pryor, after dancing attendance in the ante-rooms for si
away by desertion faster than they are enlarged by conscription.
They will return when there is fighting to do!
A letter from Col. Lay, dated North Carolina, to the Chief of the Bureau of Conscription, recommends the promotion of a lieutenant to a captaincy.
The colonel is great in operations of this nature; and Col. Preston is sufficiently good natured to recommend the recommendation to the Secretary of War, who, good easy man, will not inquire into his age, etc.
Gold is worth from 1000 to 1500 per cent. premium; and yet one who has gold can buy supplies of anything, by first converting it into Confederate notes at low prices.
For instance, coal at $30 is really bought for $3 per load.
A fine horse at $1000 for $100. Bacon, at $2 per pound is only 20 cents; boots at $100 is only $10, and so on.
the little furniture, etc. we now have is our own --costing less to buy it than the rent we paid for that belonging to others up to the beginning of the month.
Col. Gorgas must answer.
Nothing definite from Lee. I fear his little campaign from the Rapidan to Bull Run was not a glorious one, although Meade did run to the fortifications at Centreville.
He may possibly have had a counter-plot, which is not yet developed.
Our papers are rejoicing over thousands of prisoners picked up; but Captain Warner, who furnishes the prisoners their rations, assures me that they have not yet arrived; while our papers acknowledge we lost 1000 men, killed and wounded, besides several guns.
The Secretary of War received a dispatch to-day from Gen. Barton, Kinston, N. C., stating that a number of Federal regiments were embarking for (he thinks) South Carolina.
This, the Secretary, of course, sends to Gen. Beauregard, but doubts, however, the destination of the troops.
He thinks they are to menace Richmond again, and says there are indications of this purpose on the York River.
Is Hooker really there?
The public knows nothing,