I have been requested by Gen. Winder to-day to refuse a passport to Col. M — r to leave the city in any direction.
So the colonel is within bounds I learn that he differed with Gen. Winder (both from Maryland) in politics.
But if he was a Whig, so was Mr. Benjamin.
Again, I hear that Col. M. had some difficulty with Col. Northrop, Commissary-General, and challenged him. This is a horse of another color.
Col. N. is one of the special favorites of the President.
Col. M. applied to me to-day for a passport to Maryland, bringing a strong letter from Mr. Hunter, and also a note from Col. Bledsoe, Chief of the Bureau of War.
He seemed thunderstruck when I informed him that Gen. Winder had obtained an order from the Secretary of War to detain him. A few moments after Gen. Winder came with a couple of his detectives (all from Baltimore) and arrested him. Subsequently he was released on parole of honor, not to leave the city without Gen. Winder's per
go into winter quarters.
That would insure the safety of Richmond until spring.
There is a rumor, generally credited, that Bragg has led the enemy, in Kentucky, into an ambuscade, and slaughtered 25,000.
A traveler from the West reports having read an account to this effect in the Louisville Journal.
If the Journal really says sothat number won't cover the loss.
The Abolitionist journals are incorrigible liars.
And, indeed, so are many of those who bring us news from the West.
There is no confirmation of the reported victory in Kentucky.
An Englishman, who has been permitted to go North, publishes there a minute and pretty accurate description of our river defenses.
I have written a leading article for the Whig to-morrow, on Martial law and passports.
My plan is to organize committees in all the border counties to examine the passports of strangers seeking egress from the country; and to permit loyal citizens, not desiring to pass our borders, or the
istant Secretary Campbell.
The enemy, of course, will reap great benefit from the information conveyed by these people, and the innumerable brood of blockaderunners.
Gen. Lee has sent down between 60Q and 700 prisoners captured in recent cavalry engagements.
He took their horses and equipments also.
And there is an account of an engagement in the West, near Memphis, in which the Confederate troops inflicted injury on the enemy, besides destroying the railroad in several places.
No battle had occurred in Northern Virginia up to 10 o'clock yesterday morning, although there is a constant stream of prisoners being sent to this city daily, taken by our cavalry.
At last accounts Meade's army was retreating toward Washington City, hotly pursued by Lee. They were near Manassas, the first battle-field of the war.
There is nothing new from the West, except some skirmishing of cavalry in Central and Western Tennessee, wherein our men have had the advantage, though s
d the armies extensively of men of substance and standing, and this may account for our disasters.
Men, to fight well, must have something to fight for.
Gen. Price, at the head of 20,000 men, is in Missouri.
To expel him, many troops will be required; and this may relieve us a little in the East.
My wife lost her purse in market this morning, before making any purchases; it contained $22 and her eye-glasses.
I don't think there are any pickpockets except the extortioners.
Sunday, October 16
A pleasant sunny Sabbath morn.
The quiet below continues.
Not a gun has been heard for three days; the longest intermission we have had for many months.
What can it mean?
Sheridan has spread desolation in the Shenandoah Valley, perhaps to prevent Early from penetrating Pennsylvania, etc., intending to come with all expedition to Grant.
Troops, or rather detailed men, and late exempts, are beginning to arrive from North Carolina.
I saw 250 this morning.
Some of them wer