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 immediately, with 200,000 men. The head of Banks's column is to cross near Leesburg; and when over, a movement upon our flank is intended from the vicinity of Arlington Heights.
This is truly a formidable enterprise, if true.
We have not 70,000 effective men in Northern Virginia.
The lady is in earnest-and remains here.
I wrote down the above information and sent it to the President; and understood that dispatc
ry, professing to belong to our Gen. Stuart's corps, are probably Yankee spies making observations preparatory for another raid.
The city councils are organizing the citizens for local defense, thinking it probable another dash may be made.
Gen. Dix threatens to hang the citizens of Williamsburg if they co-operate with Gen. Wise in his frequent attacks on the Federals.
Gen. Wise replies, threatening to hang Gen. Dix if he carries his threat into execution, and should fall into his hands, iGen. Dix if he carries his threat into execution, and should fall into his hands, in a more summary manner than John Brown was hung for making his raid in Virginia.
Butter is worth $4 per pound.
A sheep is worth $50. A cow $500.
There was a rumor on the street last ntght that Gen. Johnston had telegraphed the President that it would be necessary to evacuate Vicksburg.
This has not been confirmed to-day, and I do not believe it. It would be irremediably disastrous.
Mr. N. S. Walker writes from Bermuda, May 11th, 1863, that seventeen additional British r
may be so; nor is it certain that we have advanced to Harrisburg, but it is probable.
Gen. D. H. Hill writes (on Saturday) from Petersburg that 40,000 of the enemy could not take Richmond; but this may be fishing for the command.
He says if Gen. Dix comes this way, he would make him a subject of the cartel of exchange which he (Dix) had a hand in negotiating.
J. M. Botts writes, from his farm in Culpepper, that our men are quartered on his premises, and do as much injury as a hostile arDix) had a hand in negotiating.
J. M. Botts writes, from his farm in Culpepper, that our men are quartered on his premises, and do as much injury as a hostile army could.
He is neutral.
They pay him ten cents per day for the grazing of each horse.
The Commissary-General is again recommending the procuring of bacon from within the enemy's lines, in exchange for cotton.
Why not get meat from the enemy's country for nothing?
Hon. R. M. T. Hunter writes to the Secretary of War to let the Quartermaster-General alone, that he is popular with Congress, and that his friends are active.
It might be dangerous to remove him; the President had better c
tia and Department Guard (soon to be called the National Guard, probably) were notified to-day to be in readiness at a minute's warning.
It is said positively that Dix is advancing toward the city.
Well, let him come.
The President is unwell again; to what extent I have not learned.
But the Vice-President is ready, it, that Meade's army was defeated.
The forces (Federal) are withdrawing from the neighborhood of this city, another indication that Lee has gained a victory.
Dix has done but little damage.
In retreating from Hanover County, he burnt the bridges to retard pursuit.
The War Department guard have returned, my son among theto detect discrepancies.
Gen. D. H. Hill sends in a characteristic letter.
He says the rivers are all swollen, and he can make no movement to-day in pursuit of Dix's army of the Pamunky-or rather the monkey army.
He says that the Brooke Pike outer defenses are so defective in design, that a force there could be driven off in
nited States Congress has ordered that notice be given Great Britain of an intention on the part of the Federal Government to increase the naval force on the lakes; also a proposition has been introduced to terminate the Reciprocity Treaty.
And Gen. Dix orders his military subordinates to pursue any rebel raiders even into Canada and bring them over.
So, light may come from that quarter.
A war with England would be our peace.
At 2 P. M. it was rumored that Charleston is taken and Beaurega
Mr. Hunter was with the Secretary this morning, when I laid before the latter Bragg's dispatch.
I doubt not it failed to contribute to a mollification of their painful forebodings.
By Northern papers I see President Lincoln disapproves Gen. Dix's order to troops to cross the Canada line in pursuit of raiders.
Gold is $45 for one to-day.
The army has no meat this day, the commissaries, etc. have it all, and are speculating with it — it is said.
So many high officials are intere