ook after some blockaders which were supposed to have ventured inside the bar.
At 5 P. M. I dined with General and Mrs. Ripley.
The dinner was a very sumptuous one, for a blockade dinner, as General Ripley called it. The other guests were Gen. Jordan, Chief of the Staff to Beauregard; Gen. Davis, Mr. Nutt, and Col. Rhett, of Fort Sumter.
Thelatter told me that if the ironclads had come any closer than they did, he should have dosed them with flat-headed bolts out of the smoothbore guns, wd the law is violated, this is caused by the violence of the people themselves, who take the law into their own hands.
General Beauregard sent his love to Sir James Fergusson, who had visited him during the early part of the war; so also did General Jordan, Chief of the Staff.
Before taking my departure from the hotel, I was mueh gratified by meeting McCarthy, who had just returned from Richmond.
He had had the good fortune to cross the Mississippi a little later than me, and he had encou