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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.
Dispatches from secretline.
We have now some further details of the battle of Tuesday.
Our loss was 1000; the enemy's, it is said, 5000 to 8000.
It is now, 5 P. M., raining gently, thank Heaven!
To-day we had a distribution of meats, etc. brought from North Carolina by our agent.
Custis and I invested $200: we have received 26 pounds bacon and 24 smoked herrings — worth here about $200. Half the money remains in the agent's hands, for which we expect to get 300 pounds of flour — if the enemy will let th
city in a few days, never to resume his seat in Congress, if martial law should be allowed.
He said he had information that when Charleston fell, South Carolina would conclude a treaty of peace (submission?) with the United States; and that North Carolina was prepared to follow the example!
I have observed that these two States do not often incline to go together.
The great disaster would be the loss of Richmond and retreat of Lee's army southward.
This would probably be followed by the downfall of slavery in Virginia.
The Secretary of War has sent an agent to the Governor of North Carolina, to ask for special aid in supplying Lee's army with meat — which is deficient here-or else it cannot be maintained in the field in Virginia!
Very bad, and perhaps worse coming.
There is a rumor that Gen. Breckinridge has beaten Gen. Burbridge in Tennessee or Western Virginia.
Gen. R. E. Lee is in town, looking robust, though weatherworn.
He complains that the department is dep