until the Governor be heard in his own defense. It was diabolical!
If it had been consummated, it would have affixed the stigma of infamy to the government in all future time, and might have doomed us to merited subjugation.
Major Ruffin, in the Commissary Department, says the army must go on half rations after the 1st of January next.
It is alleged that certain favorites of the government have a monopoly of transportation over the railroads, for purposes of speculation anry-General, backed by the Secretary of War, made another effort to-day to obtain the President's permission to trade cotton with Butler, the beast.
But the President and Gov. Pettus will manage that little matter without their assistance.
Major Ruffin's (Commissary's Bureau) statement of the alarming prospects ahead, unless provisions be obtained outside of the Confederacy (for cotton), was induced by reports from New Orleans.
A man was in the office to-day exhibiting Butler's passport, an
run through, provided they be not suspicious parties.
The government takes what it wants at seventyfive per cent.
and releases the rest.
The parties are liable to have their goods confiscated by the Secretary of the Treasury, who, however, the letter proceeds to say, has never molested any one in the illicit trade-smuggling.
In Congress, yesterday, Mr. Foote called for a committee to investigate the commissary's contract with Haxhall, Crenshaw & Co., and was particularly severe on Major Ruffin, in the commissary's office, whom he understood was a partner in the flour concern.
Mr. Foote introduced a series of resolutions to-day, tempting the Northern States to make peace with us separately, excluding the New England States, and promising commercial advantages, etc. But we must treat as independent States, pledging a league with those that abandon the United States Government-offensive and defensive-and guaranteeing the navigation of the Mississippi River to the Northwestern
This must soon culminate in something of interest.
I saw Commissary-General Northrop to-day, and he acknowledges that Mr. Moffitt, who sells beef (gross) to the butchers at from 45 to 55 cents, is one of his agents, employed by Major Ruffin, to purchase beef for the army!
The schedule price is from 16 to 20 cents, and he pays no more, for the government-and if he buys for himself, it is not likely he pays more-and so we have a government agent a speculator in meat, and co-operat
Gen. Lee's cavalry are picking up some prisoners, several hundreds having already been sent to Richmond.
It is said the advance of his army has been delayed several weeks for want of commissary stores, while Commissary-General Northrop's or Major Ruffin's agent Moffitt, it is alleged, has been selling beef (gross) to the butchers at 50 cents per pound, after buying or impressing at from 16 to 20 cents.
Gen. Lee writes that a scout (from Washington?) informs him that Gen. Gilmore has been
In short, the President is resolved to sustain Gen. Bragg at the head of the army in Tennessee in spite of the tremendous prejudice against him in and out of the army.
And unless Gen. Bragg does something more for the cause before Congress meets a month hence, we shall have more clamor against the government than ever.
But he has quashed the charges (of Bragg) against Gen. Polk, and assigned him, without an investigation, to an important command.
Mr. M----, Major Ruffin's commissary agent, denies selling government beef to the butchers; of course it was his own. But he has been ordered not to sell any more, while buying for the government.
Mr. Rouss, of Winchester, merchant, has succeeded in getting some brown cotton from the manufacturer, in Georgia, at cost, which he sells for cost and carriage to refugees.
My wife got 20 yards to-day for $20. It is brown seven-eighth cotton, and brings in other stores $3 per yard.
This is a saving of $40. And I
d, destroying the depot, bridges, court-house, etc.
Gen. J. E. Johnston has been ordered to take command of Bragg's army.
I saw a communication from Lieut.-Col. Ruffin (Commissary Bureau), suggesting the trade of cotton to the enemy in New Orleans for supplies, meat, etc., a Mr. Pollard, of St. Louis, having proposed to barter meat for cotton, which Col. Ruffin seems to discourage.
Gen. Halleck has proposed a plan of exchange of prisoners, so far as those we hold go. We have 15,000; they, 40,000.
A letter from Mr. Underwood, of Rome, Ga., says our people fly from our own cavalry, as they devastate the country as much as the enemy.
We havde by the Federal officers, and will have their connivance, if not the connivance of Federal functionaries in Washington, interested in the speculation.
Lieut..Col. Ruffin prefers trading with the enemy at New Orleans.
It is rumored that Mr. Seddon will resign, and be succeeded by Gov. Letcher; notwithstanding Hon. James Lyons
What significance is in this?
Why declare such a purpose at this day?
Mr. Benjamin, Gen. Myers, Col. Preston, and Mr. Seddon are to partake of a feast on Thursday.
A feast in time of famine!
-Yesterday Mr. Moffitt, Lieut.-Col. Ruffin's agent (commissary), was in the market buying beef for Gen. Lee's army!
And this same Moffitt was in September selling beef to the same butchers (as they say) at from 40 to 50 cts. gross, the impressing price in the country being 20 cts. ircumvented, for the new conscription will take them from their occupations, and they will not find transportation for their wares.
The 2000 barrels of corn destroyed by the enemy on the Peninsula, a few days ago, belonged to a relative of Col. Ruffin, Assistant Commissary-General!
He would not impress that-and lo!
it is gone!
Many here are glad of it.
It rained moderately last night, and is cooler this morning.
But the worst portion of the winter is over.
rleston, December 15th, 1864.
My services not being longer needed in this department, I shall leave this evening for Wilmington, and resume my command.
Sherman has opened communication with his new base, by the Ogeechee.
The means to meet him do not exceed one-half the estimate in yours of the 7th instant.
So ends Gen. Bragg's campaign against Sherman!
I have not heard about the President's health to-day.
But no papers have come in from his office.
Lieut.-Col. Ruffin, Commissary Department, certifies (or Col. Northrop for him) that he is not fit for duty in the field.
Warm and cloudy.
The President was reported better, yesterday, to my wife, who called.
It is said Gen. Cooper, R. Ould, etc. etc.
have never taken their compensation in Confederate States Treasury notes, hoping at a future day (which may not come) to draw specie or its equivalent!
It was reported on the streets, to-day, that the Presiden
of the Union a very practicable thing, and the men selected as our commissioners may confirm the belief.
They can do nothing, of course, if independence is the ultimatum given them.
Among the rumors now current, it is stated that the French Minister at Washington has demanded his passports.
Mr. Lincoln's message, in December, certainly gave Napoleon grounds for a quarrel by ignoring his empire erected in Mexico.
Mr. Seddon still awaits his successor.
He has removed Col. and Lieut--Col. Ruffin from office.
Mr. Bruce, M. C. from Kentucky, and brother-in-law to Mr. Seddon, is named as Commissary-General.
The President has vetoed another bill, granting the privilege to soldiers to receive papers free of postage, and the Senate has passed it again by a two-thirds vote.
Thus the breach widens.
Some of our sensible men have strong hopes of peace immediately, on terms of alliance against European powers, and commercial advantages to the United States.
I hope for even
If so, Richmond is in very great danger.
The Examiner to-day labors to show that the evacuation of Richmond would be fatal to the cause.
The Sentinel says it has authority for saying that Richmond will not be given up. Man proposes-god disposes.
It is rumored that Fayetteville, N. C., has fallen into the hands of the enemy.
I saw Col. Northrop, late Commissary-General, to-day.
He looks down, dark, and dissatisfied.
Lee's army eats without him. I see nothing of Lieut.-Col. Ruffin.
He always looks down and darkly.
Gen. Breckinridge seems to have his heart in the causenot his soul in his pocket, like most of his predecessors.
I saw Admiral Buchanan to-day, limping a little.
He says the enemy tried to shoot away his legs to keep him from dancing at his granddaughter's wedding, but won't succeed.
Robert Tyler told me that it was feared Governor Brown, and probably Stephens and Toombs, were sowing disaffection among the Georgia troops, hoping to get them