eason to suppose that the package marked important, etc., sent from the President's office yesterday to the Secretary of War, was the substance of a conversation which took place between Mr. Ould and Mr. Vallandigham.
What Mr. V. revealed to Mr. O., perhaps supposing the latter, although employed here, friendly to ultimate reconstruction, there is no means of conjecturing.
But it was deemed highly important.
Gen. Lee telegraphs from Culpepper Court House yesterday, that Gen. Rhodes captured Martinsburg, Sunday, 14th inst., taking several guns, over 200 prisoners, and a supply of ammunition and grain.
Our loss was only one killed and two wounded.
The Secretary of the Navy is in bad odor for ordering out the Atlanta at Savannah to fight two Federal steamers, to whom she surrendered.
There is nothing more definite or authentic from Winchester, except that we certainly captured Milroy's army of not less than 5000 men.
To-day the government issued musket and
k and attacked Gen. Stuart, but they were beaten back, after fighting all day, with heavy loss, including 400 prisoners, 3 pieces artillery, and several colors.
Gens. Jenkins and Imboden had been sent in advance, the latter against Romney, to cover the former's movement against Winchester, and both were in position when Ewell left Culpepper C. H. on the 16th.
Gen. Early stormed the enemy's works at Winchester on the 14th, and the whole army of Milroy was captured or dispersed.
Gen. Rhodes, on the same day, took Martinsburg, Va., capturing 700 prisoners, 5 pieces artillery, and a large supply of stores.
More than 4000 prisoners were taken at Winchester; 29 pieces artillery; 270 wagons and ambulances; 400 horses, besides a large amount of military stores.
Precisely at this time the enemy disappeared from Fredericksburg, seemingly designing to take a position to cover Washington.
Gen. Stuart, in several engagements, took 400 more prisoners, etc.
nt sent over a confidential sealed letter to the Secretary to-day.
I handed it to the Secretary, who was looking pensive..
Dr. McClure, of this city, who has been embalming the dead, and going about the country with his coffins, has been detected taking Jews and others through the lines.
Several live men have been found in his coffins.
Again it is reported that the enemy are advancing up the Peninsula in force, and, to-morrow being Sunday, the local troops may be called out. But Gen. Rhodes is near with his division, so no serious danger will be felt, unless more than 20,000 attack us, Even that number would not accomplish much — for the city is fortified strongly.
It is rumored by blockade-runners that gold in the North is selling at from 200 to 500 per cent. premium.
If this be true, our day of deliverance is not distant.
Clear and windy.
There is nothing new that I have heard of; but great apprehensions are felt for the fate of Mississippi-said to
timore on the 7th inst., and gold rose to $196. Fremont is now pledged to run also, thus dividing the Republican party, and giving an opportunity for the Democrats to elect a President.
If we can only subsist till then, we may have peace, and must have independence at all events.
But there is discontent, in the Army of the West, with Gen. Johnston, and in the East with Bragg, and among the croakers with the President.
New potatoes sold to-day for $5 per quart, $160 per bushel!
Mr. Rhodes, Commissioner of Patents, told me to-day that Gen. Forrest, at last accounts, was at Tupelo, Miss., doing nothing,--Gen. Wheeler, his junior in years, superior in rank, to whom he is again subordinated by the potency of Gen. Cooper's red tape, having most of his men.
Robert Tyler has been with the Departmental Battalion at Bottom's Bridge, doing service as a private, though the head of a bureau.
This evening at 7 o'clock we heard artillery in the direction of Lee's army.
mbles, the President will be assailed with great bitterness, and the consequences may be fatal.
Cloudy and somber.
We have authentic intelligence of the defeat of our forces under Gen. Early, near Winchester.
Two generals, Rhodes and Godwin, were killed.
We lost some guns, and heavily in killed and wounded.
The enemy have Winchester, and Early has retreated, bringing off his trains, however.
This has caused the croakers to raise a new howl against the President, for th near which place he met his attack, which was resisted from early in the day till near night, when he was compelled to retire.
After night he fell back to Newtown, and this morning to Fisher's Hill.
Our loss reported to be severe.
Major-Gen. Rhodes and Brig.-Gen. Godwin were killed, nobly doing their duty.
Three pieces of artillery of King's battalion were lost.
The trains and supplies were brought off safely.
(Signed) R. E. Lee.
The profound chagrin produced by this e