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J. B. Jones, A Rebel War Clerk's Diary, chapter 44 (search)
is confirmed, and casts a new vexation over the country. Mr. M. Byrd, Selma, Ala., is addressing some bold letters to the President on the blunders of the administration. Gen. Longstreet has resumed command of the first army corps. G. W. Custis Lee (son of the general) has been made a majorgeneral. There was no fighting below yesterday, that I have heard of. Gold, which was $1 for $30 in Confederate States notes, commands $35 for $1 to-day, under the news from the Valley. Ye($6), one sixth of a cord of wood ($13.33), salt ($2), tobacco ($5), vinegar ($3)-making $200 per month; clothing furnished by government, $500 per annum; cash, $18 per month; $4 per day extra, and $40 per month for quarters; or $5000 per annum. Custis and I get $4000 each-making in all $13,000! Yet we cannot subsist and clothe the family; for, alas, the paper money is $30 for one in specie! The steamers have brought into Wilmington immense amounts of quartermaster stores, and perhaps our a