ennial smile faded almost away as he realized the fact that he was now the most important member of the cabinet.
He well knew how arduous the duties were; but then he was robust in health, and capable of any amount of labor.
It seems, after all, that Mr. Benjamin is only acting Secretary of War, until the President can fix upon another.
Can that be the reason his smile has faded almost away?
But the President will appoint him. Mr. Benjamin will please him; he knows how to do it.
A man from Washington came into my office to-day, saying he had important information from Washington.
I went into the Secretary's room, and found Mr. Benjamin surrounded by a large circle of visitors, all standing hat in hand, and quite silent.
I asked him if he would see the gentleman from Washington.
He said he didn't know who to see.
This produced a smile.
He seemed to be standing there waiting for some one to speak, and they seemed to be waiting an invitation from him to spe
, and the population hail our brave soldiers as deliverers.
Three regiments were organized there in twenty-four hours, and thirty thousand recruits, it is thought, will flock to our standard in Kentucky.
Our flag floats over the Capitol at Frankfort!
And Gen. Marshall, lately the exile and fugitive, is encamped with his men on his own farm, near Paris.
Intelligence from Missouri states that the Union militia have rallied on the side of the South.
Everything seems to indicate the breaking up of the armies of our enemies, as if our prayers had been answered, and the hosts of Lincoln were really to be brought to confusion.
To-day, in response to the President's proclamation, we give thanks to Almighty God for the victories he has blessed us with.
And God has blessed us even more abundantly than we supposed.
The rumor that our invincible Stonewall Jackson had been sent by Lee to Harper's Ferry
m, and a brigade from Pickett's division, when filled up. But suppose that should be too late?
He says Ransom's troops should also be in position, for it is important to hold Wilmington.
Calico is selling now for $10 per yard; and a small, dirty, dingy, dilapidated house, not near as large as the one I occupy, rents for $800. This one would bring $1200 now; I pay $500, which must be considered low. Where are we drifting?
I know not; unless we have a crop of victories immediately.
Lee and Meade have their armies daily drawn up in battle array, and an engagement may be expected.
It is said the enemy is evacuating East Tennessee; concentrating, I suspect, for battle with Bragg.
It is now said that Brigadier and Col. Lee, A. D. C. to the President, etc. etc., is going to call out the civil officers of the government who volunteered to fight in defense of the city, and encamp them in the country.
This will make trouble.
A Mr. Mendenhall, New Garden, N.
t our pickets were driven in at Chaffin's Farm.
This demonstration of the enemy compelled him to withdraw the military portion of the procession, and they were hurried off to the battle-field.
The local troops (clerks, etc.) are ordered to assemble at 5 P. M. to-day.
What does Grant mean?
He chooses a good time, if he means anything serious ; for our people, and many of the troops, are a little despondent.
They are censuring the President again, whose popularity ebbs and flows.
Bright and dry.
The demonstration of the enemy yesterday, on both sides of the river, was merely reconnoissances.
Our pickets were driven in, but were soon re-established in their former positions.
The Secretary of War is now reaping plaudits from his friends, who are permitted to bring flour enough from the Valley to subsist their families twelve months. The poor men in the army (the rich are not in it) can get nothing for their families, and there is a prospect of their star