If this should be true!
It is but rumor yet-but was first mentioned, gravely, by Judge Campbell, Assistant Secretary of War.
Bright and frosty.
About one o'clock last night, there was an alarm, supposed to be the approach of the enemy from the West-Sheridan's cavalry-and the tocsin sounded until daylight.
It was a calm moonlight night, without a cloud in the sky. Couriers reported that the enemy were at the outer fortifications, and had burned Ben Green's house.
Corse's brigade and one or two batteries passed through the city in the direction of the menaced point; and all the local organizations were ordered to march early in the morning.
Mr. Secretary Mallory and Postmaster-General Reagan were in the saddle; and rumor says the President and the remainder of the cabinet had their horses saddled in readiness for flight.
About a year ago we had Dahlgren's raid, and it was then announced that the purpose was to burn the city and put to death the President,