Shore of Virginia, and avow his adherence to the United States authorities, alleging that he had signed the ordinance of secession under some species of duress, or instruction.
Under these representations, it seems Gen. Winder telegraphed to Norfolk, whither it was understood Custis had gone, to have him arrested.
This was done; and it is said he had passports from Gen. Huger to cross the Chesapeake Bay.
I must doubt this.
What right has a military commander to grant such passports?
I saw Mr. Benjamin to-day, and asked him what disposition he intended to make of Mr. Custis.
He was excited, and said with emphasis that he was investigating the case.
He seemed offended at the action of Gen. Winder, and thought it was a dangerous exercise of military power to arrest persons of such high standing, without the clearest evidence of guilt.
Mr. Custis had signed the ordinance of secession, and that ought to be sufficient evidence of his loyalty.
edeem the past and enjoy blessings in the future, is to cease this bootless warfare and be the first to recognize our independence.
We are exasperated with Europe, and like the old colonel in Bulwer's play, we can like a brave foe after fighting him. Let the North do this, and we will trade with its people, I have no doubt, and a mutual respect will grow up in time, resulting, probably, in combinations against European powers in their enterprises against governments on this continent.
A letter from Gen. Lee, received to-day, states that, in the recent campaigns, he has experienced the effects of having inferior artillery and fixed ammunition.
But this discrepancy is rapidly disappearing, from captures of the enemy's batteries, etc. He recommends that our 12-pounder howitzers and 6-pounder smooth bores be recast into 12-pounder Napoleons, 10-pounder Parrott guns, and 3-inch rifle cannon.
He wants four 12-pounder Napoleons sent him immediately, for a special purpose.
Dalton that 5000 cavalry, besides two brigades of Buckner's command, are with Longstreet, and that other troops ought to be sent him (H.) to compensate for these detachments.
Mr. L. S. White obtained another passport yesterday to go to Maryland, on the recommendation of Col. Gorgas, Chief of Ordnance.
There was a quorum in Congress to-day; but the message was not sent in.
A five-dollar gold piece sold at auction on Saturday for $140-$28 in Confederate notes for one of gold.
The President's message was sent to Congress to-day.
I was not present, but my son Custis, who heard it read, says the President dwells largely on the conduct of foreign powers.
To diminish the currency, he recommends compulsory funding and large taxation, and some process of diminishing the volume of Treasury notes.
In other words, a suspension of such clauses of the Constitution as stand in the way of a successful prosecution of the war. He suggests the repeal of the Substitute law
g our lines around Richmond and Petersburg.
Col. Bayne reports the importation of 6400 packages salted meats, fish, coffee, preserved vegetables, from Nassau, Bermuda, and Halifax, since October 1st, 1864, in fourteen different steamers.
Rained hard in the night; clear and pleasant in the morning.
A letter from John T. Bourne, St. Georges, Bermuda, says he has some 1800 barrels government gunpowder under his care, of which he desires to be relieved.
Gen. Lee sent to iddle Tennessee. Gen. Bragg concurs.
The following was received from Gen. Bragg to-day, 11 A. M.:
Augusta, December 10th, 1864.
The following dispatch is just received from Gen. Wheeler, twenty-seven miles from Savannah, 10 P. M., 8th December.
Enemy are still moving toward Savannah, obstructing the road in the rear, and resisting warmly this morning.
I cannot learn that any have crossed the Savannah River.
I hear artillery firing, far in my front; do not know what it means: 14th