This is probably a manceuvre to arrest Lee's advance in Culpepper County.
But it won't do-Lee's plans cannot be changed-and this demonstration was in his calculations.
If they think Richmond can be taken now, without Lee's army to defend it, they may find their mistake.
The clerks and employees in the departments are organizing to man the fortifications, should their aid be needed.
Hon. M. R. H. Garnett writes from Essex County that the enemy have had Lawrence Washington, arrested in Westmoreland County, confined in a prison-ship in the Potomac, until his health gave way. He is now in Washington, on parole not to escape.
About 140,000 bushels of corn have been sent to Lee's army in May, which, allowing ten pounds per day to each horse, shows that there are over 20,000 horses in this army.
But the report says not more than 120,000 bushels can be forwarded this month.
The press everywhere is opening its batteries on the blockaderunners, who bri