orders issued by the War Department, but it was a great presumption of any officer in that department to assume to indorse on any paper that it was by his special order, and that, too, by command of the Secretary of War, the usual form.
Hot and dry until 4 P. M. Gust, and 15 minutes rain.
Good for turnips.
Forts Gaines and Powell are lost — the latter blown up. Gen. Maury telegraphs for infantry, has some 4000 men for the defense of Mobile, etc.
Our raiders, under McCausland and Bradley Johnson, it is said were surprised and defeated last Sunday, with loss of 400 men, 500 horses, and 4 pieces of artillery.
A rumor prevails that Early has gained another victory near Winchester.
No news yet from our agent sent to North Carolina to purchase supplies, but we learn flour and bacon are not held one quarter as high there as here.
I do sincerely hope Grant's raiders will keep quiet until I can get something to eat!
Hot and dry.