wrote a letter to the President, offering to show that I had given no passport to Mr. Dibble, the traitor, and also the evidences, in his own handwriting, that Mr. Benjamin granted it.
The enemy are shelling our camp at Yorktown.
I can hear the reports of the guns, of a damp evening.
We are sending back defiance with our guns.
The President has not taken any notice of my communication.
Mr. Benjamin is too powerful to be affected by such proofs of such small matters.
Newbern, N. C., has fallen into the hands of the enemy!
Our men, though opposed by greatly superior numbers, made a brave resistance, and killed and wounded 1000 of the invaders.
The enemy were piloted up the river to Newbern by the same Mr. Dibble to whom I refused a passport, but to whom the Secretary of War granted one.
The press everywhere is commenting on the case of Dibble-but Mordecai still sits at the gate.
Two spies (Lincoln's detective police) have been
he instrumentality of emissaries.
Some of the women, and others, have been arrested.
We have news of the capture of another of the enemy's gunboats, in Berwick Bay, Louisiana, with five guns.
It is said to have been done by cavalry.
A dispatch just received from Charleston states that the enemy's monitors were approaching the forts, seven in number, and that the attack was commencing.
This isjoyful news to our people, so confident are they that Gen. Beauregard will beat them.
Snow fell all night, and a depth of several inches covers the earth this morning.
It will soon melt, however, as it is now raining.
The Northern invaders who anticipate a pleasant sojourn during the winter and spring in this climate, have been very disagreeably disappointed in these expectations.
A surgeon was arrested yesterday for saying there was a power behind the throne greater than the throne.
Upon being asked by the mayor what power he alluded to, he answered the people.
m desire to retain in soft places their own relatives and friends, feeling but little sympathy for others whose refugee families are dependent on their salaries.
On Saturday, the cavalry battalion for local defense, accepted last summer by the President, were notified on parade that 20 days would be allowed them to choose their companies in the army, and if the choice were not made, they would be assigned to companies.
They protested against this as despotic, but there is no remedy.
Cold rain all night and all day; wind northwest.
The Quartermaster-General now recommends that no furloughs be given, so as to devote the railroads to the transportation of grain to Virginia.
The Commissary-General again informs the Secretary of War, to-day, that unless the passenger trains were discontinued, the army could not be subsisted, and Richmond and all Virginia might have to be abandoned, and the country might be pillaged by our own soldiers.
Not a word against the Sou
e local defense troops might have held it against the few white troops brought in by Weitzel.
The negroes never would have been relied on to take it by assault.
I see many of the civil employees left behind.
It was the merest accident (being Sunday) that any were apprised, in time, of the purpose to evacuate the city.
It was a shameful abandonment on the part of the heads of departments and bureaus.
Confederate money is not taken to-day.
However, the shops are still closed.
Bright and pleasant.
Stayed with my next door neighbors at their request last nightall females.
It was quiet; and so far the United States pickets and guards have preserved perfect order.
The cheers that greeted President Lincoln were mostly from the negroes and Federals comprising the great mass of humanity.
The white citizens felt annoyed that the city should be held mostly by negro troops.
If this measure were not unavoidable, it was impolitic if conciliation be the purpose