ed 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 arrested here, tried by court-martial, and condemned to be hung.
There is an awful silence among the Baltimore detectives, which bodes no harm to the condemned.
They will not be executed, though guilty.
R. G. H. Kean, a young man, and a connection of Mr. Randolph, has been appointed Chief of the Bureau of War in place of Col. Bledsoe, resigned at last.
Mr. Kean was, I believe, a lieutenant when Mr. Randolph was colonel, and acted as his adjutant.
Col. Bledsoe has been appointed Assistant Secretary of War by the President.
Now he is in his glory, and has forgotten me.
There are several young officers who have sheathed the sword, and propose to draw the pen i
Judge Campbell, as Assistant Secretary of War, having arrested Gen. P.'s operations, Generals J. and B. predict that our army in Tennessee will begin, immediately, to diminish in numbers.
The rails of the York River Railroad are being removed to-day toward Danville, in view of securing a connection with the N. C. Central Road. It seems that the government thinks the enemy will again possess the York River Railroad, but it cannot be possible a retreat out of Virginia is meditated.
Nothing definite has transpired at Charleston, or if so, we have not received information of it yet.
From the West, we have accounts, from Northern papers, of the failure of the Yankee Yazoo expedition.
That must have its effect.
Judge Campbell, Assistant Secretary of War, has decided in one instance (page 125, E. B. Conscript Bureau), that a paroled political prisoner, returning to the South, is not subject to conscription.
This is in violation of an act of Congress, and gene
hirst for gain, which I fear the Almighty Justicer will rebuke in some signal manner, perhaps in the emancipation of the slaves, and then the loss will be greater than all the gains reaped from the heart's blood of our brave soldiers and the tears of the widow and orphan And government still neglects the wives and children of the soldiers,a fearful risk But, alas!
how are our brave men faring in the hands of the demon fanatics in the United States?
It is said they are dying like sheep.
A bright spring day.
We look for startling news from the Rappahannock in a few days.
Longstreet will be there.
Gen. Lee writes that the fortifications around Richmond ought to be pushed to completion: 2000 negroes are still at work on them.
Bright and warm — really a fine spring day. It is the day of fasting, humiliation, and prayer, and all the offices are closed.
May God put it into the hearts of the extortioners to relent, and abolish, for a season, the insatia
I perceive no change, except, perhaps, a diminution of troops, which seems to confirm the reports of recent battles, and the probable success of Lee and Johnston.
But all is doubt and uncertainty.
The military authorities are still reticent regarding the fate of those remaining in Richmond.
We are at their mercy, and prepared for our fate.
I except some of our ladies, who are hysterical, and want to set out on foot for the Confederacy.
Wm. Ira Smith, tailor, and part owner of the Whig, has continued the publication as a Union paper.
I visited the awful crater of the magazine.
One current or stream of fire and bricks knocked down the east wall of the cemetery, and swept away many head and foot stones, demolishing trees, plants, etc.
It is said President Lincoln is still in the city.
Dr. Ellison informed me to-day of the prospect of Judge Campbell's conference with Mr. Lincoln.
It appears t