Certainly there is danger, after the war, that Virginia, and, perhaps, a sufficient number of the States to form a new constitution, will meet in convention and form a new government.
Gen. Stark, of Mississippi, who fell at Sharpsburg, was an acquaintance of mine.
His daughters were educated with mine at St. Mary's Hall, Burlington, N. J.-and were, indeed, under my care.
The papers this morning contain accounts of the landing of Yankees at White House, York River; and of reinforcements at Williamsburg and Suffolk.
They might attempt to take Richmond, while Lee's army is away; for they know we have no large body of troops here.
A battery passed through the city this morning early, at doublequick, going eastward.
Yesterday Congress passed an act, supplemental and amenda tory to the Conscription Act of last April, authorizing the President to call into the military service all residents between the ages of thirty-five and forty-five.
house, and gave a dinner party.
Marshall did not know Burr was to be one of the guests.
I got these facts from Mr. Foote, whom I met there the other evening.
A letter from Gen. Bragg to the President, indicates but too clearly that the people of Kentucky hesitate to risk the loss of property by joining us. Only one brigade has been recruited so far. The general says 50,000 more men are requisite.
Can he have them?
There are rumors of Abolition gun-boats in the York and James Rivers.
A battery of long range guns was sent down yesterday.
It is said that an army of raw Abolitionists, under Sigel, has marched from Alexandria toward Culpepper County.
If this be so, we shall soon have more fighting, and more running, I hope.
Lee keeps his own counsel--wisely.
Northern papers, received last night, speak of a battle at Perryville, Kentucky, on the 9th instant, in which the Abolitionists lost, by their own confession, 2000 killed and woun
From the dispositions of our troops (few in number) in the vicinity of Richmond, at this moment, it seems to me that Gen. Smith is putting the city to great hazard.
There are not a thousand men to guard the approach from the head of York River; and if a dozen of the enemy's swift transports were to dash up that river, the city could be surprised by 5000 men!
Ten o'clock A. M. No dispatches from Lee have come over the wires to-day.
He may have interdicted others.
We got no intel of ammunition and some more regiments were sent to North Carolina.
This is done because Richmond is relieved by the defeat and retreat of Burnside.
But suppose it should not be relieved, and a force should be sent suddenly up the James and York Rivers?
We have not a word from Fredericksburg, and it is probable Burnside's batteries still command the town.
Lee is content and has no idea of crossing the river.
There are two notable rumors in the streets : first, that we have gained a
toration of them to their kind and beneficent owners, to whom they are anxious to return.
Gen. French replies that he will do so very cheerfully, provided the United States authorities will return the slaves they have taken from masters loyal to the Confederate States.
These may amount to 100,000.
And he might have added that on the next day all-4,000,000-were to be emancipated, so far as the authority of the United States could accomplish it.
The enemy's gun-boats (two) came up the York River last week, and destroyed an oyster boat.
Beyond the deprivation of oysters, pigs, and poultry, we care little for these incursions.
The news of the successful defense of Vicksburg is confirmed by an official dispatch, to the effect that the enemy had departed up the Mississippi River.
By the late Northern papers, we find they confess to a loss of 4000 men in the several attacks upon the town!
Our estimate of their loss did not exceed that many hundred.
They lost two ge
But the New York journals say we captured only 1700 prisoners; whereas, up to this time, more than 6000 have arrived in Richmond; 5000 of whom leave to-day, paroled until exchanged.
I doubt whether we lost 2000 prisoners in the battle.
The Philadelphia Press, just received, charges the government at Washington with circulating false reports, and is now convinced Hooker met with a most crushing defeat.
It is rumored the enemy are disembarking troops at the White House, York River.
If this be so, it is to prevent reinforcements being sent to Lee.
The Governor of Alabama declares that Mobile is neglected, and says he will continue to protest against the failure of the government to make adequate preparations for the defense of the city.
I saw Gen. Wise to-day.
He seems weather-beaten, but hardy.
We have been beaten in an engagement near Jackson, Miss., 4000 retiring before 10,000.
This is a dark cloud over the hopes of patriots, for Vicksburg
Yankee Cruelty; Forty-three Negroes Drowned.-One of the most atrocious incidents of the whole war was yesterday related to us by a gentleman of this city, who obtained the facts from Capt. Jas. G. White, of King William County, who vouches for the accuracy of the statement.
Some days ago, when the Yankees made their raid to Aylett's, they visited the place of Dr. Gregg, living in the neighborhood, and took from their comfortable homes forty-three negroes, who were hurried off to,York River and placed on board a vessel bound Northward.
Along with these negroes, as a prisoner, was a gentleman named Lee, a resident and highly respectable citizen of King William, who has since been released and allowed to return to his home.
He states that when the vessel arrived in Chesapeake Bay, the small-pox made its appearance among the negroes, that disease having existed to some extent among the same family before they were dragged from their homes in King William.
The captain of the Y
g for (he thinks) South Carolina.
This, the Secretary, of course, sends to Gen. Beauregard, but doubts, however, the destination of the troops.
He thinks they are to menace Richmond again, and says there are indications of this purpose on the York River.
Is Hooker really there?
The public knows nothing, as yet, of what is going on down that river.
What if Meade retreated to entice Lee away from Richmond, having in preparation an expedition against this city?
I should not wonder at anythingtion, that Meade seems determined to advance again; that troops are going up the Potomac to Washington, and that volunteers from New York have been ordered thither.
He asks the Secretary to ascertain if there be really any Federal force in the York River; for if the report be correct of hostile troops being there, it may be the enemy's intention to make another raid on the railroad.
The general says we have troops enough in Southwestern Virginia; but they are not skillfully commanded.
chine, and four heads of cabbage-so that we shall have subsistence for several days.
My income, including Custis's, is not less, now, than $600 per month, or $7200 per annum; but we are still poor, with flour at $300 per barrel; meal, $50 per bushel; and even fresh fish at $5 per pound.
A market-woman asked $5 to-day for a half pint of snap beans, to plant!
A lovely spring day-bright, warm, and calm.
There is nothing new, only the burning of houses, mills, etc. on the York River by the Yankees, and that is nothing new.
Subsequently the day became very windy, but not cold.
The roads will be dry again, and military operations will be resumed.
The campaign will be an early one in Virginia, probably.
Our people are impatient to meet the foe, for they are weary of the war. Blood will flow in torrents, unless the invaders avoid great battles; and in that event our armies may assume the offensive.
It is now thought that the Department Battalion will be kept he
orner of the table, and has lately acquired a fondness for meat.
The old cat goes staggering about from debility, although Fannie often gives him her share.
We see neither rats nor mice about the premises now. This is famine.
Even the pigeons watch the crusts in the hands of the children, and follow them in the yard.
And, still, there are no beggars.
The plum-tree in my neighbor's garden is in blossom to-day, and I see a few blossoms on our cherry-trees.
I have set out some 130 early York cabbage-plants-very small; and to-day planted lima and snap beans.
I hope we shall have no more cold weather, for garden seed, if those planted failed to come up, would cost more than the crops in ordinary times.
Rained all day.
Lieut. Tyler, grandson of President Tyler, is here on furlough, which expires to-morrow.
His father (the major), whom he has not seen for two years, he learns, will be in the city day after tomorrow; and to-day he sought admittance to Mr. Secretary
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Reports from our lookouts seem to indicate that the enemy is in motion.
The present direction of his column is to our right.
Gen. Imboden reports the enemy advancing from Winchester, up the Valley, with wagons, beef cattle, etc.
R. E. Lee.
There is a rumor of fighting at Chancellorville, and this is the anniversary, I believe, of the battle there.
May we be as successful this time!
But the report is not authentic.
Firing is heard now in the direction of York River.
We have many rumors to-day, and nothing authentic, except that some of the enemy's transports are in the James River, and landing some troops, a puerile demonstration, perhaps.
The number landed at West Point, it seems, was insignificant.
It may be the armies of the United States are demoralized, and if so, if Grant be beaten, I shall look for a speedy end of the invasion.
It is said some of the advanced forces of Grant were at Spottsylvania C. H. last night, and the great