I am sorry to hear that Gen. Wise is quite ill. But, on his back, as on his feet, he will direct operations, and the enemy will be punished whenever he comes in reach of him.
The President is preparing his Inaugural Message for the 22d, when he is to begin his new administration of six years. He is to read it from the Washington Monument in Capitol Square.
We have vague rumors of fighting at Roanoke.
Such astounding events have occurred since the 8th instant, such an excitement has prevailed, and so incessant have been my duties, that I have not kept a regular journal.
I give a running account of them.
Roanoke has fallen before superior numbers, although we had 15,000 idle troops at Norfolk within hearing of the battle.
The government would not interfere, and Gen. Huger refused to allow the use of a few thousand of his troops.
But Gen. Wise is safe; Providence willed that he s
is to take Charleston ; and he suggests that every available man be sent thither.
The rest of his army he will keep on the Rappahannock, to watch the enemy still remaining north of that river.
I sent a communication to the President to-day, proposing to reopen my register of patriotic contributions to the army, for they are suffering for meat.
I doubt whether he will agree to it. If the war be prolonged, the appeal must be to the people to feed the army, or else it will dissolve.
We have exciting news from the West.
The iron-shod gun-boat, Queen of the West, which run past Pemberton's batteries some time since, captured, it appears, one of our steamers in Red River, and then compelled our pilot to steer the Queen of the West farther up the river.
The heroic pilot ran the boat under our masked batteries, and then succeeded in escaping by swimming.
The Queen of the West was forced to surrender.
This adventure has an exhilarating effect upon our spirits.
the President is clothed with Dicta-Torial powers, to all intents and purposes, so far as the war is concerned.
The first effect of the Currency bill is to inflate prices yet more.
But as the volume of Treasury notes flows into the Treasury, we shall see prices fall.
And soon there will be a great rush to fund the notes, for fear the holders may be too late, and have to submit to a discount of 331 per cent.
Dispatches from Gen. Polk state that Sherman has paused at Meridian.
Bright, calm, but still cold-slightly moderating.
Roads firm and dusty.
Trains of army wagons still go by our house laden with ice.
Brig.-Gen. Wm. Preston has been sent to Mexico, with authority to recognize and treat with the new Emperor Maximilian.
I see, by a letter from Mr. Benjamin, that he is intrusted by the President with the custody of the secret service money.
Late papers from the United States show that they have a money panic, and that gold is rising in price.
audience of members of Congress every morning.
The President and three of his aids rode out this afternoon (past our house), seemingly as cheerful as if each day did not have its calamity!
No one who beheld them would have seen anything to suppose that the capital itself was in almost immediate danger of falling into the hands of the enemy; much less that the President himself meditated its abandonment at an early day, and the concentration of all the armies in the Cotton States!
Another morning of blue skies and glorious sunshine.
Sherman is reported to be marching northward, and to have progressed one-third of the way between Columbia and Charlotte, N. C.; where we had millions of specie a few days ago.
Some of the lady employees, sent by Mr. Memminger to Columbia last year, have returned to this city, having left and lost their beds, etc.
Grant's campaign seems developed at last.
Sherman and Thomas will concentrate on his left, massing 200,000 men