t a word until we were entering the depot at Washington, just as the veil of night was falling over tart this morning, I once more arrived at Washington City.
I saw no evidences of a military force oned the presidency of the Peace Congress at Washington, in despair of obtaining concessions or guarle ordinance.
They had sent a deputation to Washington to make a final appeal to Seward and Lincolnss which had prevented Virginia from seizing Washington before the Republican hordes got possession r, for they are sanctified by the example of Washington and his compeers.
And separations of communot be made to believe that the Government at Washington are going to wage war immediately.
But whenink it would swell to 50,000 before reaching Washington, and that the people on the route would supp resigned his seat in the Court of Claims at Washington.
I believe he brought his family, and abandrought here, having been taken on his way to Washington from Missouri.
He manifested surprise at h[4 more...]
5,000 men now, and thatnumber, if it be too late to take Washington, might at all events hold this side of the Potomac, and ight have been averted with honor, if our politicians at Washington had not been ambitious to figure as leaders in a new reved me that he and Senator Bayard had been interested, at Washington, in my Story of Disunion.
Mr. Benjamin is of course a Je church.
The general was, I think, adjutant-general at Washington.
He is Northern born.
Major Gorgas is likewise a nativ embraced secession with the rest of the conspirators at Washington.
I saw the Vice-President to-day.
I first saw Mr. Stephens at Washington in 1843.
I was behind him as he sat in the House of Representatives, and thought him a boy, for he waNew York Tribune. Mr. B. is an Englishman, who came from Washington on the invitation of Mr. Toombs, and through his influend out and made a speech in vindication of his conduct at Washington, as Secretary of War, wherein he had caused the transfer
Beauregard is the especial favorite.
The soldiers, now arming daily, are eager for the fray; and it is understood a great battle must come off before many weeks; as it is the determination of the enemy to advance from the vicinity of Washington, where they are rapidly concentrating.
But our people must curb their impatience.
And yet we dare not make known the condition of the army,--the awful fact which may be stated here-and will not be known until after-years,--that we have not ene at once; whereas six and twelve months men, unless they furnish their own arms, are not accepted.
It is certain the United States intend to raise a grand army, to serve for three years or the war. Short enlistments constituted the bane of Washington's army; and this fact is reiterated a thousand times in his extant letters.
There are a great many applications for clerkships in the departments by teachers who have not followed their pupils to the army.
Army and naval officers, coming o
guised as a French lady, he took passage on the steamer St. Nicholas at Baltimore en route for Washington.
During the voyage he threw off his disguise, and in company with his accomplices, seized thand a great nephew of Kosciusko has been commissioned a lieutenant in the regular army.
Well, Washington had his Lafayette-and I like the nativity of these officers better than that of the Northern mver heard I more hearty cheering.
Every one believed our banners would wave in the streets of Washington in a few days; that the enemy would be expelled from the District and from Maryland, and that
A large number of new arrivals are announced from the North.
Clerks resigned at Washington, and embryo heroes having military educations, are presenting themselves daily, and applying f have taken two prisoners in civilian's dress, Harris and-- , on the field, who came over from Washington in quest of the remains of Col. Cameron, brother of the Yankee Secretary of War.. They claim a
For my part, I have no doubt there are many Federal spies in the departments.
Too many clerks were imported from Washington.
And yet I doubt if any one in a subordinate position, without assistance from higher authority, could have prepared battle, and was prevented.
It is now quite apparent, from developments, that a small force would have sufficed to take Washington, a few days or weeks after the battle.
But was Beauregard aware of the fact, before the opportunity ceased to exist?
oes to the country.
I did not know until to-day that he is blind of an eye. I think an operation was performed once in Washington.
Some apprehension is felt concerning the President's health.
If he were to die, what would be the condeclined by the enemy, who retire behind their fortifications.
Our banners are advanced to Munson's Hill, in sight of Washington.
The Northern President and his cabinet may see our army, with good glasses, from the roof of the White House.
acting Secretary of War, until the President can fix upon another.
Can that be the reason his smile has faded almost away?
But the President will appoint him. Mr. Benjamin will please him; he knows how to do it.
A man from Washington came into my office to-day, saying he had important information from Washington.
I went into the Secretary's room, and found Mr. Benjamin surrounded by a large circle of visitors, all standing hat in hand, and quite silent.
I asked him if he would see the gentleman from Washington.
He said he didn't know who to see.
This produced a smile.
He seemed to be standing there waiting for some one to speak, and they seemed to be waiting an invitation from him to speak.
I withdrew from the embarrassing scene, remarking that my gentleman would call some other time.
Meanwhile I wrote down the information, and sent it to the President.
Gen. Floyd has been attacked at Gauley, by greatly superior numbers.
But he was intr
. Myers, lawyer, actively engaged.
Gen. Price gains a victory in Missouri.
Billy Wilson's cutthroats cut to pieces at Fort Pickens.
a female spy arrives from Washington.
great success at Leesburg or ball's Bluff.
I find that only a few hundred alien enemies departed from the country under the President's proclaalry again!
The spies here cannot inform the enemy of the movements of our mounted men, which are always made with celerity.
A lady, just from Washington, after striving in vain to procure an interview with the Secretary of War, left with me the programme of the enemy's contemplated movements.
She was present wiead of one of the enemy's columns, 8000 strong, attempted a passage of the Potomac yesterday, at that point pursuant to the programme furnished by the lady from Washington.
That point had been selected by the enemy because the spies had reported that there were only three Confederate regiments there.
But crossing a river in boat
came to me subsequently and exhibited passports they had obtained from the Secretary himself.
There are also quite a number of lettercar-riers obtaining special passports to leave the Confederacy.
They charge $1.50 postage to Washington and Maryland, and as much coming hither.
They take on the average three hundred letters, and bring as many, besides diverse articles they sell at enormously high prices.
Thus they realize $1000 per trip, and make two each month.
They furnishonly as strong as the wily enemy is in the habit of representing it!
Mr. Benjamin has been defeated for the C. S. Senate. Mr. Hunter has been named as a candidate for the C. S. Senate from Virginia.
I thought he would not remain in the cabinet, after his relative was arrested (with no reason assigned) by order of Mr. Benjamin.
Besides, the office is a sinecure, and may remain so for a long time, if the powers at Washington should stint, and say aye to the demands of England.
age, and might injure the country inflicting it by diminishing its own products.
He smiled again, and said he had no doubt we should rise to the dignity of white paper.
I have been requested by several members of Congress to prepare a bill, establishing a passport office by law. I will attempt it; but it cannot pass, unless it be done in spite of the opposition of the Secretary, who knows how to use his patronage so as to bind members to his interest.
He learned that at Washington.
Notwithstanding the severe strictures, and the resolution of Congress, there is an increase rather than a diminution of the number of persons going North.
Some of our officials seem to think the war is over, or that England will do the balance of our fighting!
The fathers and mothers and sisters of our brave soldiers continue to send their clothing and provisions.
They do not relax in the work of independence.
Persons are coming here
I trust the President will see through the mist generated around him.
Some of the mysterious letter-carriers, who have just returned from their jaunt into Tennessee, are applying again for passports to Baltimore, Washington, etc. I refuse them, though they are recommended by Gen. Winder's men; but they will obtain what they want from the Secretary himself, or his Assistant Secretary.
What if these men (they have passports) should be going to Washinto Tennessee, are applying again for passports to Baltimore, Washington, etc. I refuse them, though they are recommended by Gen. Winder's men; but they will obtain what they want from the Secretary himself, or his Assistant Secretary.
What if these men (they have passports) should be going to Washington to report the result of their reconnoissances in Tennessee?
The Tennessee River is high, and we have no casemated batteries, or batteries of any sort, on it above Fort Henry.