I think Halleck will be removed, and McClellan will be recalled.
It is said our President will command in Mississippi himselfthe army having no confidence in Pemberton, because he is a Yankee.
We have a letter to-day from Gen. Pike (another Yankee), saying the Indian country is lost-lost, because Gens. Holmes and Hindman--Southern men-won't let him have his own way!
The news from North Carolina is still cloudy.
Gen. G. W. Smith is there (another Northern man).
Gen. Elzey has been appointed to command this department during Gen. L.'s absence.
Gen. E. is a Marylander.
In the President's absence, it is said this appointment was made by Gen. S. Cooper (another Yankee) to insult Virginia by preventing the capital from being in the hands of a Virginian.
The Richmond papers occasionally allude to the fact that the general highest in rank in the Confederacy is a Yankee-Gen. S. Cooper.
Gen. Lee says his ammunition is bad in quality, and that his new guns bur
s; but I have no slaves.
All I ask of the invaders is to spare my timber, and I will take care of the land — and I ask it, knowing the request will never be known by them until the war is over.
Gen. French writes that the enemy at Suffolk and Newbern amounted to 45,000; and this force now threatens Weldon and Wilmington, and we have not more than 14,000 to oppose them.
With generalship that should suffice.
All the Virginia conscripts are ordered to Gen. Wise, under Major-Gen. Elzey.
The conscripts from other States are to be taken to Gen. Lee.
If the winter should allow a continuance of active operations, and the enemy should continue to press us, we might be driven nearly to the wall.
We must help ourselves all we can, and, besides, invoke the aid of Almighty God!
We have nothing fresh from Bragg-nothing from Vicksburgand that is bad news.
I like Gen. Rains.
He comes in and sits with me every day. Col. Lay is the active business man of the bureau.
veral thousand of our men are making a successful raid in Kentucky.
Gen. Whiting makes urgent calls for reinforcements at Wilmington, and cannot be supplied with many.
Gen. Lee announces to the War Department that the spring campaign is now open, and his army may be in motion any day.
Col. Godwin (of King and Queen County) is here trying to prevail on the Secretary of War to put a stop to the blockaderunners, Jews, and spies, daily passing through his lines with passports from Gens. Elzey and Winder.
He says the persons engaged in this illicit traffic are all extortioners and spies, and $50,000 worth of goods from the enemy's country pass daily.
Col. Lay still repudiates Judge Meredith's decision in his instructions to the Commandants of Camps of Instruction.
Well, if we have a superabundance of fighting men in the field, the foreign-born denizens and Marylanders can remain at home and make money while the country that protects them is harried by the invader.
rmasters who have contributed very much to bring about the evil of scarcity.
I mean those who have allowed transportation to forestallers and extortioners.
Gen. Elzey and Gen. Winder waited upon the Secretary of War in the morning, asking permission to call the troops from the camps near the city, to suppress the women and chrted, has captured or destroyed another gun-boat in the West.
Night before last another riot was looked for in this city by the mayor, and two battalions of Gen. Elzey's troops were ordered into the city.
If the President could only see the necessity of placing this city under the command of a native Southern general, he mighis hoped will succeed in bringing off supplies of provision, etc.-such being the object of their demonstrations.
Gen. Wise has fallen back, being ordered by Gen. Elzey not to attempt the capture of Fort Magruder--a feat he could have accomplished.
The President is reported to be very ill today-dangerously ill —
e that a body of hostile cavalry is still in Louisa County.
And later in the day we have information that the Mattapony bridge was burned last night!
Thus again is communication interrupted between Gen. Lee and the city!
Our wounded cannot be brought to the hospitals here, nor supplies sent to them!
It really does seem as if an organization of Union men here were co-operating with the enemy, else they never could disappear and reappear so often with impunity.
Every one is asking what Gens. Elzey and Winder are doing-and echo answers, what?
There is a great pressure for passports to leave the country.
Mr. Benjamin writes an indignant letter to the Secretary against Gen. Whiting, at Wilmington, for detaining a Mr. Flanner's steamer, laden with cotton for some of the nationalities-Mr. B. intimates a foreign or neutral power.
But when once away from our shore, many of these vessels steer for New York, depositing large sums for those whom it may concern.
Mr. J. B. Campbell, a
rospect of success, an order was received from Gen. Arnold Elzey to fall back toward the city, pickets and all.on to leave a Confederate port for Europe.
Major-Gen. Arnold Elzey indorsed on it: This young man, being a natlitary service in the Confederate States.
Well, Arnold Elzey is also a native of Maryland.
W 11olunteers for local defense, being objected to by Gen. Elzey, because they would not be subject to his commandhe service for local defense or special duty; but Gen. Elzey, the Marylander, it is reported, has said the d-dt men he detects in treasonable practices will be Gen. Elzey and Gen. Winder's detectives.
Mr. Vallandigha the enemy were seen at the places indicated, and Gen. Elzey (who some say had been drinking) alarmed the Goveity), but was stopped in time, and sent back.
Gen. Elzey had just ordered away a brigade from Hanover Junccover of their gun-boats.
To-day, it is said, Gen. Elzey is relieved, and Gen. Ransom, of North Carolina,
ould be found on the face of the earth.
And this induced a general belief that the enemy had retired, finally, being perhaps ordered to Washington, where they may be much needed.
The Secretary of War, believing the same thing, intimated to Gen. Elzey (who for some cause is unable to ride, and therefore remains in the city) a desire to send several regiments away to some menaced point at a distance.
In response, Elzey writes that none can be spared with safety; that the enemy had apparentlyElzey writes that none can be spared with safety; that the enemy had apparently divided his force into two bodies, one for Hanover, and the other for the Chickahominy, and both strong; and he advised against weakening the forces here.
He said he had not yet completed the manning of the batteries, the delay being in arming the men — and he hoped Hill could hold out.
We have 3400 convalescents at Camp Lee, and as many more may be relied on for the defense of the city; so we shall have not less than 22,000 men for the defense of Richmond.
The enemy have perhaps 35,000;
eralship, until inauguration day, 1st January.
He has had an interview with the President, and proposes to take command of the troops defending the city — that Gen. Elzey may take the field.
Smith would undoubtedly have a strong motive in defending the capital-but then he knows nothing of military affairs, yet I think he will bethat only a few hundred of the enemy's cavalry came up the Peninsula as far as Bottom's Bridge, from whence they quickly fell back again.
And this alarm caused Gen. Elzey, or the government, to put in movement nearly 20,000 men!
But something else may be behind this demonstration; it may be the purpose of the enemy to strike inther leader.
The department companies and militia returned yesterday, through a heavy shower, from the wild-goose chase they were rushed into by Gen. Elzey's order.
Mr. Reagan, the Postmaster-General, informed me to-day (the government will not allow bad news to transpire) that at the second assault on Battery
5000 fighting men, at a moment's warning, for the defense of the capital.
In the absence of Custis Lee, Col. Brown, the English aid of the President, commanded the brigade, much to the disgust of many of the men, and the whole were reviewed by Gen. Elzey, still more to the chagrin of the ultra Southern men.
The Secretary seems unable to avert the storm brewing against the extortioners; but permits impressments of provisions coming to the city.
It is said the President and cabinet have ay that it is rumored that Gen. Pemberton is to command Gen. Polk's corps in Tennessee.
He says if this be true, it will be disastrous; that the Tennessee troops will not serve under him, but will mutiny and desert.
It is reported to-day by Gen. Elzey (on what information I know not) that Meade's army has been reduced to 30,000 or 40,000 men, by the heavy reinforcements sent to extricate Rosecrans.
Be this as it may, there is no longer any doubt that Lee is advancing toward the Potomac, and
til it is ruined.
Never have I known such confusion.
On the 26th inst. the Secretary ordered Gen. Pickett, whose headquarters were at Petersburg, to send a portion of his division to Hanover Junction, it being apprehended that a raid might be made in Lee's rear.
Gen. P. telegraphs that the French steam frigate was coming up the river (what for?), and that two Federal regiments and three companies of cavalry menaced our lines on the south side of the river.
The Secretary sent this to Gen. Elzey, on this side of the river, asking if his pickets and scouts could not get information of the movements of the enemy.
To-day Gen. E. sends back the paper, saying his scouts could not cross the river and get within the enemy's lines.
So the government is in a fog-and if the enemy knew it, and it may, the whole government might be taken before any dispositions for defense could be made.
Incompetency in Richmond will some day lose it.
Three o'clock P. M. The weather is clear, and Lee