e (in which he fell, his letter being received after the announcement of his death), urging the appointment of his gallant young friend Lamar to a lieutenancy.
I noted these facts on the back of his letter, with the Secretary's approbation, and also that the request had been granted, and placed the letter, perhaps the last he ever wrote, in the archives for preservation.
Bartow's body has arrived, and lies in state at the Capitol.
Among the chief mourners was his young friend Barton, who loved him as a son loves his father.
From Lamar I learned some interesting particulars of the battle.
He said when Bartow's horse was killed, he, Lamar, was sent to another part of the field for another, and also to order up certain regiments, Bartow then being in command of a brigade.
Lamar galloped through a hot cross-fire to the regiments and delivered the order, but got no horse.
He galloped back, however, through the terrible fire, with the intention of giving his own horse to
Col. Whiting complains of blockade running at Wilmington.
Grant still before Vicksburg.
Nothing decisive from Vicksburg.
It is said Northern papers have been received, of the 29th May, stating that their Gen. Grant had been killed, and Vicksburg (though at first prematurely announced) captured.
We are not ready to believe the latter announcement.
Mr. Lyons has been beaten for Congress by Mr. Wickham.
It is said the brigade commanded by Gen. Barton, in the battle near Vicksburg, broke and ran twice.
If that be so, and their conduct be imitated by other brigades, good-by to the Mississippi Valley!
Our people everywhere are alive to the expected raid of the enemy's cavalry, and are organizing the men of non-conscript age for defense.
One of our pickets whistled a horse, drinking in the Rappahannock, and belonging to Hooker's army, over to our side of the river.
It was a very fine horse, and the Federal Gen. Patrick sent a fl
e 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, as yet, of what is going on down that river.
What if Meade retreated to entice Lee away from Richmond, having
ia, I suppose, all others being in the field.
It is reported that the attack on Drewry's Bluff, or rather on our forces posted there for its defense, has begun.
Barton's brigade marched thither to-day.
It is said the enemy have 40,000 men on the south side of James Riverwe, 20,000.
There is now some excitement and trepidating up from Petersburg, in the enemy's rear, with 13,000 men. So, at this hour, the prospects are glorious.
Gen. Pickett has been relieved-indisposition. Brig.-Gen. Barton has also been relieved, for some cause arising out of the failure to capture the raiders on this side the river.
Gens. Bragg and Pemberton made an inspecshine all day, but cool.
Troops have been marching through the city all day from the south side.
I presume others take their places arriving from the South.
Barton's brigade had but 700 out of 2000 that went into battle last Monday.
Our wounded amount to 2000; perhaps the enemy's loss was not so large.
Col. Northrop is
The particulars of the fight have not yet been received.
Every male between seventeen and fifty-five is now required to have a pass, from Gen. Kemper or Gen. Barton, to walk the streets, even to church.
The militia are all out, except those hidden in the back rooms of their shops-extortioners; and the city is very quiet.
s orders, and despotically hurried off without being permitted even to send a message to their families.
Thousands were entrapped, by being directed to call at Gen. Barton's headquarters, an immense warehouse, and receive passes; but no Gen. Barton was there-or if there, not visible; and all the anxious seekers found themselves inGen. Barton was there-or if there, not visible; and all the anxious seekers found themselves in prison, only to be liberated as they were incorporated into companies, and marched to the front.
From the age of fifteen to fifty-five, all were seized by that order — no matter what papers they bore, or what the condition of their families-and hurried to the field, where there was no battle.
No wonder there are many deserters —