on the popinjays of the Northern cities-advance on, and on, under the fire, reckless of the slain, and he would answer for it with his life, that the Yankees would break and run. But, in the event of the Convention adjourning without decisive action, he apprehended the first conflict would be with Virginians-the Union men of Virginia.
He evidently despaired, under repeated defeats, of seeing an ordinance of secession passed immediately, and would have preferred resistance to secession.
After breakfast I accompanied Gov. Wise to his room.
He advised me to remain a few days before proceeding elsewhere.
He still doubted, however, whether Virginia would move before autumn.
He said there was a majority of 500 Union men then in the city.
But the other Convention, to meet on the 16th, might do something.
He recommended me to a friend of his who distributed the tickets, who gave me a card of admission.
Wrote all day for several journals.
he 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 for him. Returning from thence, some of his officers, who had escaped the trap at Roanoke, crowded round him to learn the issue of his application.
There is no Secretary of War I said he.
What is Randolph?
He is not Secretary of War!
said he; he is merely a clerk, an underli
ence the contest will be maintained indefinitely for independence.
With these feelings the third year of the war opens.
May God have mercy on the guilty men who determine more blood shall be shed.
The South would willingly cease the sanguinary strife, if the invader would retire from our territory; but just as willingly will she fight hereafter as heretofore, so long as a foeman sets foot upon her soil.
It must soon be seen with what alacrity our people will rush to the battle field!
The Federal monitors, gun-boats, and transports no more menace the City of Charleston!
The fleet has sailed away, several of the iron-clads towed out of the harbor being badly damaged.
But before leaving that part of the coast, the Yankees succeeded in intercepting and sinking the merchant steamer Leopard, having 40,000 pairs of shoes, etc. on board for our soldiers.
It is supposed they will reappear before Wilmington; our batteries there are ready for them.
Gen. Wise assailed the
of Banks's army: We met the enemy near Shreveport.
Union force repulsed with great loss.
How many can you accommodate in hospitals at Baton Rouge?
Steamer Essex, or Benton, destroyed by torpedoes in Red River, and a transport captured by Confederates.
Farragut reported preparing to attack Mobile.
Six monitors coming to him. The garrisons of New Orleans and Baton Rouge were very much reduced for the purpose of increasing Banks's forces.
D. H. Maury, Major-General Commanding.
A clear, but cool day. Again planted corn, the other having rotted.
There is an unofficial report that one of our torpedo boats struck the Federal war steamer Minnesota yesterday, near Newport News, and damaged her badly.
I learn (from an official source) to-day that Gen. Longstreet's corps is at Charlottesville, to co-operate with Lee's army, which will soon move, no doubt.
Gen. Bragg received a dispatch yesterday, requesting that commissary stores for Longstreet be sent to
armies we shall have bands of assassins everywhere in the field, and the stiletto and the torch will take the place of the sword and the musket-and there can be no solid reconstruction, etc. He says he told the Confederate States authorities months ago that the cause had failed, but they would not listen.
He said he had telegraphed something to Lieut.-Gen. Grant to-day.
The salute some say was in honor of Johnston's surrenderothers say it was for Lee's-and others of Clay's birthday.
Raining. Long trains of supply and ammunition wagons have been rolling past our dwelling all the morning, indicating a movement of troops southward.
I suppose the purpose is to occupy the conquered territory.
Alas! we know too well what military occupation is. No intelligent person supposes, after Lee's surrender, that there will be found an army anywhere this side of the Mississippi of sufficient numbers to make a stand.
No doubt, however, many of the dispersed Confederates will join