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XXIX. August, 1863 Some desertion. Lee falling back. men still foolishly look for foreign aid. speculators swarming. God helps me to-day. conscripts. Memminger shipping gold to Europe. our women and children making straw bonnets. attack on Charleston. Robert Tyler as a financier. enemy throw large shells into Charleston, five and a half miles. diabolical scheme. Gen. Lee has returned to the army. August 1 The President learns, by a dispatch from Gen. Hardee, of Mississippi, that information has reached him, which he considers authentic, that Gen. Taylor has beaten Banks in Louisiana, taking 6000 prisoners; but then it is said that Taylor has fallen back. I see by Mr. Memminger's correspondence that he has been sending $1,000,000 in sterling exchange, with the concurrence of the President and the Secretary of War, to Gen. Johnston and Gov. Pettus. What can this mean? Perhaps he is buying stores, etc. Gen. Pemberton, it is said, has proclaimed a th