letter from General Lee.
proposal to execute Dahlgren's raiders.
General Butler on the Eastern Shore.
colonel Dahlgren's body.
destitution of the army.
strength of the Southwestern army.
destitution of my famiose ta deal summarily with the captives taken with Dahlgren, but the sober second thought will prevail, and th importance as the execution of some ninety men of Dahlgren's immediate followers, not, as he says, to divide s from the Examiner's account of the disposal of Col. Dahlgren's body:
Col. Dahlgren's body.
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On Sunday afternoon last, the body of Col. Ulric Dahlgren, one of the leaders of the late Yankee raid on this city, anCol. Ulric Dahlgren, one of the leaders of the late Yankee raid on this city, and on whose body the paper revealing their designs, if successful, were found, was brought to this city on the Ysome retired burial place.
The object in bringing Dahlgren's body here was for identification, and was visitetswood Hotel.
It was captured from the enemy with Dahlgren, who had pillaged it from our opulent families in
s 300; but we got 2500 prisoners.
President Lincoln has made a speech at Baltimore, threatening retaliation for the slaughter at Fort Pillow--which was stormed.
Lieut.-Gen. Polk telegraphs that our forces have captured and burnt one of the enemy's gun-boats at Yazoo City-first taking out her guns, eight rifled 24-pounders.
To-day Mr. Memminger, in behalf of the ladies in his department, presented a battle-flag to the Department Battalion for its gallant conduct in the repulse of Dahlgren's raid.
But the ladies leave early in the morning for South Carolina.
The President still says that many of the government officers and employees must be sent away, if transportation cannot be had to feed them here as well as the armies.
Another truly fine spring day.
The ominous silence on the Rapidan and Rappahannock continues still.
The two armies seem to be measuring each other's strength before the awful conflict begins.
It is said the enemy are landing lar
enemies ; if the former, they must fight — if the latter, be expelled.
A righteous judgment.
Last night, as Custis staggered (with debility) upon the pickets at the fortifications of the city, not having a passport, he was refused permission to proceed.
He then lay down to rest, when one of the pickets remarked to him that he was not smart, or he would flank them.
Custis sprang up and thanked him for the hint, and proceeded to put it in practice.
The Examiner to-day says that Col. Dahlgren, a month before his death, was in Richmond, under an assumed name, with a passport signed by Gen. Winder, to go whithersoever he would.
I think this probable.
At 3 P. M. the wires cease to work between here and Petersburg, and there are many rumors.
But from the direction of the wind, we cannot hear any firing.
Clear and pleasant.
A dispatch from Beauregard states that two assaults of the enemy yesterday, at Petersburg, were repulsed with loss; and it is reported
ored that a column of the enemy's cavalry is on a raid somewhere, I suppose sent out from Grant's army.
This does not look like peace and independence.
An extract from the New York Tribune states that peace must come soon, because it has reliable information of the exhaustion of our resources.
This means that we must submit unconditionally, which may be a fatal mistake.
The raiders are said to be on the Brooke Turnpike and Westhaven Road, northeast of the city, and menacing us in a weak place.
Perhaps they are from the Valley.
The militia regiments are ordered out, and the locals will follow of course, as when Dahlgren came.
Hon. Mr. Haynes of the Senate gives information of a raid organizing in East Tennessee on Salisbury, N. C., to liberate the prisoners, cut the Piedmont Road, etc.
Half-past 2 P. M. Nothing definite of the reported raid near the city.
No papers from the President to-day; he is disabled again by neuralgia, in his hand, they say.
ky. 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, the cabinet, and other prominent leaders of the rebellion.
Perhaps our leaders had some apprehension of the fate prepared for them on that occasion, and may have concerted a plan of escape.
As well as I can learn from couriers, it appears that only some 1200 or 1500 of the enemy's cavalry advanced toward the city, and are now (10 A. M.) retiring-or driven back by our cavalry.