the prospect before us; and regarded the tenders of pecuniary aid to the U. S. by the Wall Street capitalists as ominous of a desperate, if not a prolonged struggle.
At this time the major's own State, North Carolina, like Virginia, Tennessee, Kentucky, Arkansas, and Missouri, yet remains in the Union.
We were delayed several hours at Aquia Creek, awaiting the arrival of the cars, which were detained in consequence of a great storm and flood that had occurred the night before.
These two days were mainly lost by delays, the floods having swept away many bridges, which had not yet been repaired.
As we approached Richmond, it was observed that the people were more and more excited, and seemed to be pretty nearly unanimous for the immediate secession of the State.
Everywhere the Convention then in session was denounced with bitterness, for its adherence to the Union; and Gov. Letcher was almost universally execrated for the chocks he had thrown under the car of sec
still hoping I might serve the cause, or at least prevent more injury to it, from the wicked facility hitherto enjoyed by spies to leave the country.
The condemned spies have implicated Webster, the letter-carrier, who has had so many passports.
He will hang, probably.
Gen. Winder himself, and his policemen, wrote home by him. I don't believe him any more guilty than many who used to write by him; and I mean to tell the Judge Advocate so, if they give me an opportunity.
The enemy are at Fredericksburg, and the Yankee papers say it will be all over with us by the 15th of June.
I doubt that.
The committee (Congressional) which have been investigating the Roanoke Island disaster have come to the conclusion, unanimously, and the House has voted accordingly, and with unanimity, that the blame and guilt of that great calamity rest solely upon Gen. Huger and Judah P. Benjamin.
Gen. Wise now resolved to ask for another command, to
exulting over the capture of Charleston, and gold declined heavily.
This report was circulated by some of the government officials, at Washington, for purposes of speculation.
Col. Lay announced, to-day, that he had authority (oral) from Gen. Cooper, A. and I.
G., to accept Marylanders as substitutes.
Soon after he ordered in two, in place of Louisianian sutlers, whom he accompanied subsequently — I know not whither.
But this verbal authority is in the teeth of published orders.
Gen. Beauregard telegraphs that Gen. Walker has destroyed another Federal gun-boat in Coosa River.
They are looking for a renewal of the attack on Charleston, and are ready for it.
Gen. Lee writes that he is about sending a cavalry brigade into London County to bring off commissary's and quartermaster's stores.
This will frighten the people in Washington City!
He also writes that, unless the railroads be repaired, so as to admit of speedier transportation of supplies, he cannot m
To-day I saw two conscripts from Western Virginia conducted to the cars (going to Lee's army) in chains. It made a chill shoot through my breast.
I doubt its policy, though they may be peculiar offenders.
The benevolent Capt. Warner, being persecuted by the Commissary-General for telling the truth in regard to the rations, etc., is settling his accounts as rapidly as possible, and will resign his office.
He says he will resume his old business, publishing books, etc.
Rained all night, but clear most of the day.
There are rumors of Burnside landing troops on the Peninsula; also of preparations for movements on the Rappahannock-by which side is uncertain.
It is said troops are coming from Mississippi, Lieut.-Gen. (Bishop) Polk's command.
The famine is still advancing, and his gaunt proportions loom up daily, as he approaches with gigantic strides.
The rich speculators, however, and the officers of influence stationed here, who have secured th
to take their side-arms and baggage to their homes, on the same conditions, etc. There were 290 pieces of artillery belonging to this army a few weeks ago. This army was the pride, the hope, the prop of the Confederate cause, and numbered, I believe, on the rolls, 120,000 men. All is lost!
No head can be made by any other general or army — if indeed any other army remains.
If Mr. Davis had been present, he never would have consented to it; and I doubt if he will ever forgive Gen. Lee.
Cloudy and misty.
It is reported that Gen. Johnston has surrendered his army in North Carolina, following the example of Gen. Lee.
But no salutes have been fired in honor of the event.
The President (Davis) is supposed to be flying toward the Mississippi River, but this is merely conjectural.
Undoubtedly the war is at an end, and the Confederate States Government will be immediately extinct---its members fugitives.
From the tone of leading Northern papers, we have reason to believe