voted for him, regret that they had ever supported the clique of politicians who managed to secure his nomination.
And now I learned that a People's Spontaneous Convention would assemble in Richmond on the 16th of the month, when, if the other body persisted in its opposition to the popular will, the most startling revolutionary measures would be adopted, involving, perhaps, arrests and executions.
Several of the members of this body with whom I conversed bore arms upon their persons.
To-day I beheld the first secession flag that had met my vision.
It was at Polecat Station, Caroline County, and it was greeted with enthusiasm by all but the two or three Yankees in the train.
One of these, named Tupps, had been questioned so closely, and his presence and nativity had become so well known, that he became alarmed for his safety, although no one menaced him. He could not sit still a moment, nor keep silence.
He had been speculating in North Carolina the year before, an
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 make another effort in defense of his country.
But, when he waited upon the Secretary of War, he ascertained that there was no brigade f
amation, to-day, appealing to the patriotism of the people, and urging upon them to abstain from the growth of cotton and tobacco, and raise food for man and beast.
Appended to this is a plan, suggested by the Secretary of War, to obtain from the people an immediate supply of meat, etc. in the various counties and parishes.
This is my plan, so politely declined by the Secretary!
Well, if it will benefit the government, the government is welcome to it; and Mr. Seddon to the credit of it, April 12TH.-Gen. Van Dorn, it is reported, has captured or destroyed another gun-boat in the West.
Night before last another riot was looked for in this city by the mayor, and two battalions of Gen. Elzey's troops were ordered into the city.
If the President could only see the necessity of placing this city under the command of a native Southern general, he might avoid much obloquy.
The Smiths, Winders, and Elzeys, who are really foreigners, since the men from their States are not liable to con
and the officers of influence stationed here, who have secured the favor of the Express Company, get enough to eat. Potatoes sell at $1 per quart; chickens, $35 per pair; turnip greens, $4 per peckI An ounce of meat, daily, is the allowance to each member of my family, the cat and parrot included.
The pigeons of my neighbor have disappeared.
Every day we have accounts of robberies, the preceding night, of cows, pigs, bacon, flour — and even the setting hens are taken from their nests!
Cloudy — rained in the afternoon.
This is the anniversary of the first gun of the war, fired at Fort Sumter.
It is still said and believed that Gen. Lee will take the initiative, and attack Grant.
The following shows that we have had another success:
Mobile, April 11th, 1864. To Gen. S. Cooper, A. & I. General.
The following report was received at Baton Rouge, on the 3d inst., from the Surgeon-General of Banks's army: We met the enemy near Shreveport.
Union force repulsed
th ill treating Federal prisoners, with registering a false name, and as a dangerous character.
I know the contrary of all this; for he has been persecuted by the Confederate States authorities for a year, and forced to resign his commission.
My application to Gen. Shepley for permission to remove my family to the Eastern Shore, where they have relatives and friends, and may find subsistence, still hangs fire.
Every day I am told to call the next day, as it has not been acted upon.
Warm and cloudy.
Gen. Weitzel publishes an order to-day, requiring all ministers who have prayed for the President of the Confederate States to pray hereafter for the President of the United States.
He will not allow them to omit the prayer.
In answer to my application for permission to take my family to the Eastern Shore of Virginia, where among their relations and friends shelter and food may be had, Brevet Brig.-Gen. Ludlow indorsed: Disallowed — as none but loyal people, who ha