nstrations against Yorktown.
I omitted to note in its place the gallant feat of Commodore Buchanan with the iron monster Merrimac in Hampton Roads.
He destroyed two of the enemy's best ships of war. My friends, Lieutenants Parker and Minor, partook of the glory, and were severely wounded.
Col. Porter has resigned his provost marshalship, and is again succeeded by Capt. Godwin, a Virginian, and I like him very well, for he is truly Southern in his instincts.
A Mr. MacCubbin, of Maryland, has been appointed by Gen. Winder the Chief of Police.
He is wholly illiterate, like the rest of the policemen under his command.
Mr. MacCubbin, whom I take to be a sort of Scotch-Irishman, though reared in the mobs of Baltimore, I am informed has given some passports, already signed, to some of his friends.
This interference will produce a rupture between Capt. Godwin and Capt. MacCubbin; but as the former is a Virginian, he may have the wo
all the commandants of conscripts written to immediately; and that he will have an interview with the Secretary of War in relation to the matter.
Every man we can put'in the field is demanded; and many fear we shall not have a sufficient number to oppose the overwhelming tide soon to be surging over the land.
At such a crisis, and in consideration of all the circumstances attending this matter, involving the loss of so many men, one is naturally startled at Judge Campbell's conduct.
I sent an extract from my Diary of yesterday to the Hon. T. H. Watts, Minister of Justice.
I know not whether he will appreciate its importance; but he has professed friendship for me.
The city is in some excitement to-day, for early this morning we had intelligence of the crossing of the Rappahannock by a portion of the Federal army.
During the day the division of Hood defiled through the streets, at a quick pace, marching back to Lee's army.
But the march of troops and the rumbl
r. But if we lie still, Grant will eventually accumulate overwhelming numbers, and penetrate farther: and if he beats us, it would be difficult to rally again for another stand, so despondent would become the people.
Gen. Hood deprecates another invasion of Pennsylvania, which would be sure to result in defeat.
He is decided in his conviction that the best policy is to take the initiative, and drive the enemy out of Tennessee and Kentucky, which could be accomplished to a certainty.
Bright and warmer, but windy.
Letters received at the department to-day, from Georgia, show than only one-eighth of the capacity of the railroads have been used for the subsistence of the army.
The rogues among the multitude of quartermasters have made fortunes themselves, and almost ruined the country.
It appears that there is abundance of grain and meat in the country, if it were only equally distributed among the consumers.
It is to be hoped the rogues will now be excluded from
The Commissary-General, in a communication to the Secretary urging the necessity of keeping the trade for supplies for Lee's army, now going on in Eastern North Carolina, a profound secret, mentions the miscarriage of the Fredericksburg affair, which proves that the government did send cotton and tobacco thither for barter with the enemy.
One reason alleged for the refusal of Congress to suspend the writ of habeas corpus, is the continuance of Mr. Benjamin in the cabinet.
Bright and windy.
The following telegram was received this morning from Gen. R. E. Lee: Gen. Johnston reports that on the 16th Gen. Hardee was repeatedly attacked by four divisions of the enemy a few miles south of Averysborough, but always (cipher). The enemy was reported at night to have crossed Black River, to the east of Varina Point, with the rest of the army.
Gen. Hardee is moving to a point twelve miles from Smithfield.
Scofield's troops reported at Kinston, repairing railroad.