attanooga — the Secretary got me to send a telegraphic dispatch to his family to repair hither without delay, for military reasons.
About this time the Secretary's health gave way again, and Major Tyler had another fit of indisposition totally disqualifying him for business.
Hence I have nearly all the correspondence of the department on my hands, since Col. Bledsoe has ceased to write.
To-day there was a rumor in the streets that Harper's Ferry had been evacuated by Gen. Joseph E. Johnston, and, for the first time, I heard murmurs against the government.
So far, perhaps, no Executive had ever such cordial and unanimous support of the people as President Davis.
I knew the motive of the evacuation, and prepared a short editorial for one of the papers, suggesting good reasons for the retrograde movement; and instancing the fact that when Napoleon's capital was surrounded and taken, he had nearly 200,000 men in garrison in the countries he had conquered, which would hav