They carried my tenant to Drummondtown, the county seat, and made him (I suppose) assist in raising the United States flag over the court-house.
J. C. Breckinridge and Humphrey Marshall, of Kentucky, have been here; and both have been made brigadiergenerals, and assigned to duty in the West.
Although the former retained his seat in the Senate of the United States for many months after the war began, no one doubts that he is now with us, and will do good service.
Gen. Floyd has retreated from Cotton Hill, and the enemy threatens our western communications.
Gen. Lee has been sent to Western Virginia, but it is not an adequate field for him. He should have command of the largest army in the service, for his is one of the most capacious minds we have.
Yesterday Fort Pickens opened fire on our batteries at Pensacola, but without effect.
One of their ships was badly crippled.
The enemy occupy Tybee Island, and t
endured the penalty three months. I like this act, for the boy had enlisted without the consent of his parents, and was only sixteen years of age.
J. R. Anderson & Co. (having drawn $500,000 recently on the contract) have failed to furnish armor for the gun-boats-the excuse being that iron could not be had for their rolling-mills.
The President has ordered the Secretaries of the Navy and War to consult on the propriety of taking railroad iron, on certain tracks, for that purpose.
Fredericksburg not shelled yet; but the women and children are flying hither.
The enemy fired on a train of women and children yesterday, supposing the cars (baggage) were conveying military stores.
The Northern press says Burnside is determined to force his way, directly from the Rappahannock to Richmond, by virtue of superior numbers.
The thing Lee desires him to attempt.
The enemy are landing troops at Newport News, and we shall soon hear of gun-boats and transports in the Ja
forward to put all men under forty-five years of age in the army.
It will be hard to carry it; for the heads of departments generally have nephews, cousins, and pets in office, young and rich, who care not so much for the salaries (though they get the best) as for exemption from service in the field.
And the editors will oppose it, as they are mostly of conscript age. And the youthful members of Congress could not escape odium if they exempted themselves, unless disabled by wounds.
The President is expected back to-day.
A letter from Gen. Lee indicates that the Commissary-General has been suggesting that he (the general) should impress supplies for his army.
This the general deprecates, and suggests that if supplies cannot be purchased, they should be impressed by the agents of the Commissary Department; and that the burden should be laid on the farmers equally, in all the States.
Gen. Lee does not covet the odium.
But it is plain, now, that the extortionate
, of Tennessee, Mr. Foote's colleague.
Mr. Foote would not receive it; and Mr. S. took offense and assaulted Mr. F. in his own house, when Mrs. F. interposed and beat Mr. S. away.
Gen. Winder has been appointed, by Gen. Cooper, commander of all prisons east of the Mississippi.
Gen. Winder has been made Commissary-General of all prisons and prisoners of war. The Bureau of Conscription is yet sustained in power.
All this is done by Gen. Cooper,--unwise, probably fatal measures!
Clear and frosty.
Ice half an inch thick this morning.
All quiet below.
Col. St. John, Niter and Mining Bureau, required 13,000 men to furnish ammunition, etc.
Col. Northrop, Commissary-General, reports only 15 days bread rations in Richmond for 100,000 men, and that we must rely upon supplies hereafter from the Carolinas and Virginia alone.
The difficulty is want of adequate transportation, of course.
The speculators and railroad companies being in partnership, very natura