Two ladies--one of them the wife of Judge Moore
, of the Confederate Congress, and the other the wife of Mr. Southall
, of the Purcell battery--arrived in this city on Sunday afternoon by the Central
They left their homes in Mt. Sterling, Ky.
, on the 9th of July, and traveled alone from that point to Richmond
Their route was through Pitsburg and Harrisburg, Pa.
, to Baltimore
, where they remained for nearly two weeks. Whilst there they made several ineffectual efforts to obtain passports for Staunton
, which were positively refused them by Gen. Wool
Finding that it was impossible to obtain Federal permission to reach the Confederate
lines, they determined to visit Winchester
, in the hope that its early evacuation by the enemy, or recapture by our forces, would enable them to reach their point of destination, without the necessity of again applying for passes to the agents of the Lincoln
being within the lines of the enemy, they were not required to have passes to reach that point; and, leaving Baltimore
in the morning, they reached Winchester
the same night by way of the Baltimore
and Potomac railroads.
Here they remained for several days, awaiting a favorable opportunity to resume their journey.
Finally, this opportunity presented itself, and they left the town — by what line we need not state — and reached Staunton
on Saturday evening, from whence they came to Richmond
They are highly gratified at the accomplishment of their undertaking, and seem delighted with the prospect of an early reunion with friends from whom they have been so long and painfully separated.
These ladies speak encouragingly of the Southern
feeling which exists among the people of Kentucky
, and express the earnest belief that an over whelming majority of the population of that State only long for the opportunity to attest their devotion to the rights of the South
Like the people of Maryland
, however, they are held in temporary subjection by the power of Federal bayonets, waiting and hoping for the day of deliverance from oppression.
While in Baltimore
they had some opportunity of observing the feeling there, which they think is as ardently Southern as the most radical supporter of our cause could desire.
The successes of our arms around Richmond
rekindled the fires of the 19th of April, 1861, and revived the hopes and expectations of those who have maintained their confidence unshaken in the ultimate triumph of the South
in her struggle for independence.
Among others who called upon them during their sojourn in that city was Mrs. Frank Key Howard
daughter of Francis S. Key
, author of the ‘"State Spangled Banner."’ The husband and one son of this lady are prisoners in Fort Warren
, another son is confined at Camp Chase, Ohio, whilst five other sons, a son-in-law, and brother-in-law, are in the Confederate
A good record for one family.
They represent the Federal
force at Winchester
as small and under the command of Gen. Platt
, who is not regarded by his subordinates as either a soldier or gentleman.
When they left that town on Wednesday, there were no pickets kept on the Valley
road during the day, but were posted at nightfall a few miles from the place.