nd the events will speak for themselves-and that speedily.
What we want is a military man capable of directing operations in the field everywhere.
I think Lee is such a man. But can he, a modest man and a Christian, aspire to such a position?
Would not Mr. Benjamin throw his influence against such a suggestion?
I trust the President will see through the mist generated around him.
Some of the mysterious letter-carriers, who have just returned from their jaunt into Tennessee, are applying again for passports to Baltimore, Washington, etc. I refuse them, though they are recommended by Gen. Winder's men; but they will obtain what they want from the Secretary himself, or his Assistant Secretary.
What if these men (they have passports) should be going to Washington to report the result of their reconnoissances in Tennessee?
The Tennessee River is high, and we have no casemated batteries, or batteries of any sort, on it above Fort Henry.
We have just learned that a British steamer, with cannon and other valuable cargo, was captured by the enemy, two days ago, while trying to get in the harbor.
Another, similarly laden, got safely in yesterday.
We can afford to lose one ship out of three--that is, the owners can, and then make money.
Cotton sells at seventy-five cents per pound in the United States.
So the blockade must be felt by the enemy as well as ourselves.
War is a two-edged sword.
We have dispatches from Charleston, to-day, which reconcile us to the loss of the cargo captured by the blockading squadron early in the week.
An artillery company captured a fine gun-boat in Stone River (near Charleston) yesterday evening.
She had eleven guns and 200 men.
But this morning we did better still.
Our little fleet of two iron-clads steamed out of Charleston harbor, and boldly attacked the blockading fleet.
We crippled two of their ships, and sunk one, completely ra
the meshes of the seine too much, and the currency will be reduced.
The speculators and extortioners, in great measure, will be circumvented, for the new conscription will take them from their occupations, and they will not find transportation for their wares.
The 2000 barrels of corn destroyed by the enemy on the Peninsula, a few days ago, belonged to a relative of Col. Ruffin, Assistant Commissary-General!
He would not impress that-and lo!
it is gone!
Many here are glad of it.
It rained moderately last night, and is cooler this morning.
But the worst portion of the winter is over.
The pigeons of my neighbor are busy hunting straws in my yard for their nests.
They do no injury to the garden, as they never scratch.
The shower causes my turnips to present a fresher appearance, for they were suffering for moisture.
The buds of the cherry trees have perceptibly swollen during the warm weather.
A letter from Gen, Cobb (Georgia) indicates that the Secretary
ish an army of volunteers in the event of a war with France or England.
The President has stigmatized the affected neutrality of those powers in one of his annual messages.
Still, such a treaty would be unpopular after a term of peace with the United States.
If the United States be upon the eve of war with France and England, or either of them, our commissioners abroad will soon have proposals from those governments, which would be accepted, if the United States did not act speedily.
Bright and frosty.
The peace commissioners remained Sunday night at Petersburg, and proceeded on their way yesterday morning.
As they passed our lines, our troops cheered them very heartily, and when they reached the enemy's lines, they were cheered more vociferously than ever.
Is not this an evidence of a mutual desire for peace?
Yesterday, Mr. De Jarnette, of Virginia, introduced in Cgngress a resolution intimating a disposition on the part of our government to unite with th