States army, has been appointed major-general, and commander-in-chief of the army in Virginia.
He is the son of Light horse Harry of the Revolution.
The North can boast no such historic names as we, in its army.
Gov. Wise is sick at home, in Princess Ann County, but has sent me a strong letter to President Davis.
I fear the governor will not survive many months.
The Convention has appointed five members of Congress to go to Montgomery: Messrs. Hunter, Rives, Brockenborough, Staples, and --. I have not yet seen Mr. Hunter; he has made no speeches, but no doubt he has done all in his power to secure the passage of the ordinance, in his quiet but effective way. To-day President Tyler remarked that the politicians in the Convention had appointed a majority of the members from the old opposition party.
The President would certainly have been appointed, if it had not been understood he did not desire it. Debilitated from a protracted participation in the exciting scenes o
arrel with the United States by the maritime powers.
I am amused by our fireside conversations at night.
They relate mostly to the savory dishes we once enjoyed, and hope to enjoy again.
Gen. Butler's speech in New York, suggesting that the rebels be allowed a last chance for submission, and failing to embrace it, that their lands be divided among the Northern soldiers, has a maddening effect upon our people.
Wet, dark, and dismal.
In Congress, Mr. Staples, of Virginia, unfortunately exhibited a statement obtained from the Bureau of Conscription, to the effect that while 1400 State officers, etc. were exempted in Virginia, there were 14,000 in North Carolina.
This produced acrimonious debate, Which is not the end of it, I fear.
I don't believe the statement.
Gov. Smith, of Virginia, is exempting a full share of constables, etc. etc.
The Bureau of Conscription strikes, perhaps, at Gen. Bragg, a North Carolinian.
It is not the end.
etailing the rich slaveowners!
It is developing a rapidly growing Emancipation party, for it is the establishment of a privileged class, and may speedily prove fatal to our cause.
Our leaders are mad, and will be destroyed, if they persist in this policy.
Raining, and warm.
It is said several hundred of the prisoners taken by Rosser in the Valley escaped, on the way to Richmond.
A relaxation of vigilance always follows success.
How long can this war last?
Hon. Mr. Staples procured four and two months details yesterday for two rich farmers, Messrs. McGehee and Heard, both rosyfaced, robust men, and yet found for light duty by a medical board.
Thus we go. The poor and weakly are kept in the trenches, to desert the first opportunity.
It is said a dispatch came from Bragg yesterday (I saw it not) stating that Wheeler and some infantry had a sharp battle with Sherman's advance, near Millen, in which the latter suffered greatly.
But reinforcements coming u
g persons, citizens of Virginia, to confer with us as to the best means of restoring peace to the State of Virginia.
We have procured safe conduct from the military authorities of the United States for them to enter the city and depart without molestation: Hon. R. M. T. Hunter, A. T. Caperton, Wm. C. Rives, John Letcher, A. H. H. Stuart, R. L. Montague, Fayette McMullen, J. P. Holcombe, Alexander Rives, B. Johnson Barbour, James Barbour, Wm. L. Goggin, J. B. Baldwin, Thomas S. Gholson, Waller Staples, S. D. Miller, Thomas J. Randolph, Wm T. Early, R. A. Claybrook, John Critcher, Wm. Towns, T. H. Eppes, and those other persons for whom passports have been procured and especially forwarded that we consider it to be unnecessary to mention.
A. J. Marshall, Senator, Fauquier; James Neeson, Senator, Marion; James Venable, Senator elect, Petersburg; David I. Burr, of House of Delegates, Richmond City; David J. Saunders, of House of Delegates, Richmond City; L. S. Hall, of House of Deleg