t us a thousand men. The enemy, of course, escaped, and our poor soldiers, frost-bitten and famished, must painfully retrace all steps of this fruitless march.
There are rumors of a court-martial, and I fear the enterprising Jackson will be made to suffer for the crime of others.
That men sympathizing with the Union cause were daily leaving Richmond for Baltimore was known to all, but how they gained intelligence of the contemplated movement of Jackson is the mystery.
Brig-Gen. Wise is to command on Roanoke Island.
It is not far from Princess Ann County, where his place of residence is. If they give him men enough, say half as many as the enemy, he will defend it.
Dearth of news.
Butter is 50 cts. per pound, bacon 25 cts., beef has risen from 13 cts. to 30 cts., wood is selling for $8 per cord, but flour is abundant, and cheap enough to keep us from starving.
The President is
Backrack is back again, and on his way to this city with another wagon load of goods from Yankee-land, and will be here to-day or tomorrow.
I sent the letter to the Secretary, and hope it will not be intercepted on its way to him from the front office.
The Secretary never sees half the letters addressed him, or knows of onehalf the attempts of persons to obtain interviews.
The Assistant Secretary's duty is to dispose of the less important communications, but to exhibit his decisions.
To-day we are all down again.
Bragg has retreated from Murfreesborough.
It is said he saved his prisoners, captured cannon, etc., but it is not said what became of his own wounded.
The Northern papers say they captured 500 prisoners in the battle, which they claim as a victory.
I do not know how to reconcile Bragg's first dispatches, and particularly the one saying he had the whole field, and would follow the enemy, with this last one announcing his withdrawal and retirement from th
soon be called out from the city on important service.
What can this mean?
And our iron-clads are to go below the obstructions if they can get out.
Yesterday Mr. Good offered a resolution declaring the unalterable purpose of Congress to prosecute the war until independence is attained.
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.
On the 2d inst. Gen. Lee wrote the President that he had just heard of two droves of cattle from the West, destined for his army, being ordered to Richmond.
[He does not say by whom, or for what purpose.
n as between tweedledum and tweedledee.
The prisoners of war (foreigners) that took the oath of allegiance and enlisted in the Confederate States service, are deserting back to the Federal service, under Gen. Sherman's promise of amnesty.
Cloudy and thawing.
No war news,--but it is known Sherman's army is not quiet, and must soon be heard from in spite of the interdict of the government.
It is said Mr. Trenholm, Secretary of the Treasury, is in the market buying gold,d for their own use; exemptions, details, etc. If he were disposed, he could realize a million of dollars.
It is said the Hon. A. R. Wright went North to get his son paroled, who is in prison there.
Judge Campbell talks of resigning.
Rained yesterday and last night.
Clear and windy to-day.
It is said the Blairs (who have been looked for on some sort of mission) turned back after arriving iq the camp of Gen. Grant.
Of course they could not treat with this government