kson called a council of his chief officers — the first and last time, it is to be believed, that he ever summoned a council of war--to meet after dark in Winchester, and proposed to them a night attack upon Banks.
His proposition was not approved, and he learned then for the first time that the troops were already six miles from Winchester and ten from the enemy.
The plan was now evidently impracticable, and he withdrew from the town, which was occupied by the Federals on the next day (March 12th). The Confederates continued to retreat slowly to Woodstock, Mount Jackson (forty miles in rear of Winchester), and Shields' Division was thrown forward in pursuit to Strasburg on the 17th.
The retirement of Jackson, and the unopposed occupation of the Lower Valley by Banks, relieved General McClellan of all fears in that direction, and induced him, in pursuance of President Lincoln's requirement that Manassas Junction and the approaches to Washington from that direction be securely he
ed up the amounts of patriotic contributions received by the army in Virginia, and registered on my book, and they amount to $1,515,898.
The people of the respective States contributed as follows:
Virginia undoubtedly contributed more than any other State, but they were not registered.
Gen. Winder moved the passport office up to the corner of Ninth and Broad Streets.
The office at the corner of Ninth and Broad Streets was a filthy one; it was inhabited — for they slept there-by his rowdy clerks.
And when I stepped to the hydrant for a glass of water, the tumbler repulsed me by the smell of whisky.
There was no towel to wipe my hands with, and in the long basement room underneath, were a thousand garments of dead soldiers, taken from the hospitals and the battle-f
ark military blanket.
In stature he was about five feet ten inches high, with a long, cadaverous face, light hair, slight beard, closely shaven, and had a small goatee, very light in color.
In age we suppose he was about thirty years, and the expression of his countenance indicated that of pain.
Rained all night — a calm, warm rain.
Calm and warm to-day, with light fog, but no rain.
It is now supposed the clerks (who saved the city) will be kept here to defend it.
It cleared away yesterday evening, and this morning, after the dispersion of a fog, the sun shone out in great glory, and the day was bright, calm, and pleasant.
The trees begin to exhibit buds, and the grass is quite green.
My wife received a letter to-day from Mrs. Marling, Raleigh, N. C., containing some collard seed, which was immediately sown in a bed already prepared.
And a friend sent us some fresh pork spare ribs and chine, and four heads of cabbage-so that we shall have su