nith like the quick-shooting irradiations of the aurora borealis.
And men ran in different directions, uttering cries of agony.
These cries, I remember distinctly, came from men. As I gazed upon the fading and dissolving moon, I thought of the war brought upon us, and the end of the United States Government.
My family were near, all of them, and none seemed alarmed or distressed.
I experienced no perturbation; but I awoke.
I felt curious to prolong the vision, but sleep had fled.
I was gratified, however, to be conscious of the fact that in this illusory view of the end of all things sublunary, I endured no pangs of remorse or misgivings of the new existence it seemed we were about to enter upon.
I cannot support my family here, on the salary I receive from the government; and so they leave me in a few days to accept the tendered hospitality of Dr. Custis, of Newbern, N. C., my wife's cousin.
My family engaged packing trunks.
They leave immediately.
cisely in the manner I anticipated.
Where is McClellan, general?
I know not exactly; his movements have been so frequent of late.
But I think it probable he too may be here before night!
I doubt that, said his fellow-prisoner, Gen. McCall; beware of your left wing!
Who commands there?
Is he in this fight?
Was it really Jackson making mince-meat of our right?
Then your left wing is safe!
Four or five thousand prisoners have arrived.
The battle still rages.
But the scene has shifted farther to the east.
The enemy's army is now entirely on this side of the Chickahominy.
McClellan is doggedly retiring toward the James River.
Once more all men are execrating Gen. Huger.
It is alleged that he again failed to obey an order, and kept his division away from the position assigned it, which would have prevented the escape of McClellan.
If this be so, who is responsible, after his alleged misconduct at the
nt events current in the streets: first, that Lee's army has taken and destroyed Harrisburg, Pennsylvania; and second, that Vicksburg has fallen.
I am not prepared to credit either, although the first is said to be true by no less a person than Gov. Letcher.
And yet one or both may be confirmed to-morrow; and if so, that is, if Vicksburg has fallen, and Lee should retire, as he must sooner or later, there will be a dark and desponding season in the Confederacy.
But the war will go on.
There is no confirmation of the report of the fall of Vicksburg, but it may be so; nor is it certain that we have advanced to Harrisburg, but it is probable.
Gen. D. H. Hill writes (on Saturday) from Petersburg that 40,000 of the enemy could not take Richmond; but this may be fishing for the command.
He says if Gen. Dix comes this way, he would make him a subject of the cartel of exchange which he (Dix) had a hand in negotiating.
J. M. Botts writes, from his farm in Culpepper, t
arket was sold for $10. Although the joint salaries of Custis and myself amount now to $8000 per annum, we have the greatest difficulty to subsist.
I hope we shall speedily have better times, and I think, unless some terrible misfortune happens to our arms, the invader will surely be soon hurled from our soil.
What President Lincoln came to Grant for is merely conjecture-unquestionably he could not suggest any military enterprise more to our detriment than would occur to his generals.
Clear and cool-afterward hazy.
Marietta, June 27th. General Braxton Bragg.
The enemy advanced on our whole line to-day.
They assaulted French, Cheatham, Cleburn, Stevenson, and Quarles, by whom they were repulsed.
On the rest of the line the skirmishing was severe.
Their loss is supposed to be great.
Ours is known to be small.
J. E. Johnston, General.
The dispatch from Gen. Johnston gives an encouraging account of the fight in Georgia.
But a dispatch from the West