But he inherits a name, being descended from Thomas Jefferson, and, I believe, likewise from the Mr. Randolph in Washington's cabinet.
Mr. Randolph was a captain at Bethel under Magruder; and subsequently promoted to a colonelcy.
Announcing his determination to quit the military service more than a month ago, he entered the field as a competitor for the seat in Congress left vacant by the death of President Tyler. Hon. James Lyons was elected, and Col. Randolph got no votes at all.
Gen. Lee is to have command of all the armies --but will not be in the field himself.
He will reside here.
Congress passed an act to create a commanding general; but this was vetoed, for trenching on the executive prerogative-or failed in some way. The proceedings were in secret session.
Gen. Joseph E. Johnston is to command on the Peninsula.
The President took an affectionate leave of him the other day; and Gen. Lee held his band a long time, and admonished him to take
the large fortunes accumulated by the speculators, turning to dust and ashes on their lips, might engender a new exasperation, resulting in a regenerated patriotism and a universal determination to achieve independence or die in the attempt.
Gen. Bragg dispatches the government that Gen. Forrest has captured 800 prisoners in Tennessee, and several thousand of our men are making a successful raid in Kentucky.
Gen. Whiting makes urgent calls for reinforcements at Wilmington, ansappeared from the market, and none but the opulent can afford to pay $3.50 per pound for butter.
Greens, however, of various kinds, are coming in; and as the season advances, we may expect a diminution of prices.
It is strange that on the 30th of March, even in the sunny South, the fruit-trees are as bare of blossoms and foliage as at midwin-ter.
We shall have fire until the middle of May,--six months of winter!
I am spading up my little garden, and hope to raise a few vegetables to ek
of a cargo before supplying any cotton.
Mr. M. has a sort of jealousy of Mr. Lamar.
A furious gale, eastern, and rain.
No news, except the appearance of a few gun-boats down the river; which no one regards as an important matter.
Great crowds are funding their Treasury notes to-day; but prices of provisions are not diminished.
White beans, such as I paid $60 a bushel for early in this month, are now held at $75. What shall we do to subsist until the next harvest?
It rained all night, the wind blowing a gale from the east.
This morning the wind was from the west, blowing moderately; and although cloudy, no rain.
The enemy's gun-boats down the river shelled the shore where it was suspected we had troops in ambush; and when some of their barges approached the shore, it was ascertained they were not mistaken, for a volley from our men (signal corps) killed and wounded half the crew.
The remainder put back to the gunboats.
There is great tri
her's Run this morning, marching to Dinwiddie C. H. The purpose is to cut the South Side and Danville Roads; and it may be accomplished, for we have here no adequate force of cavalry to oppose Sheridan; and it may be possible, if Sheridan turns his head this way, that shell may be thrown into the city.
At all events, he may destroy some bridges-costing him dear.
But pontoon bridges were sent up the Danville Road yesterday and to-day, in anticipation, beyond the bridges to be destroyed.
Raining rapidly, and warm.
Again the sudden change of weather may be an interposition of Providence to defeat the effort of the enemy to destroy Gen. Lee's communications with his Southern depots of supplies.
I hope so, for faith in man is growing weaker.
Our loss in the affair of the 25th instant was heavy, and is now admitted to be a disaster; and Lee himself was there!
It amounted, probably, to 3000 men. Grant says over 2000 prisoners were registered by his Provost Marshal.