of the people.
But this would be a complication of the civil war, now the decree of fate.
Perhaps the occurrence which has attracted most attention is the raising of the Southern flag on the capitol.
It was hailed with the most deafening shouts of applause.
But at a quiet hour of the night, the governor had it taken down, for the Convention had not yet passed the ordinance of secession.
Yet the stars and stripes did not float in its stead; it was replaced by the flag of Virginia.
This was a memorable day. When we assembled at Metropolitan Hall, it could be easily perceived that we were on the threshold of momentous events.
All other subjects, except that of a new political organization of the State, seemed to be momentarily delayed, as if awaiting action elsewhere.
And this plan of political organization filled me with alarm, for I apprehended it would result in a new conflict between the old parties-Whig and Democrat.
The ingenious discussion of this subject
He is not Secretary of War!
said he; he is merely a clerk, an underling, and cannot hold up his head in his humiliating position.
He never will be able to hold up his head, sir.
There will soon be hard fighting on the Peninsula.
Gen. Beauregard has written to Gen. Wise, offering him a command in his army, if the government will consent to it. It will not be consented to.
Troops are being concentrated rapidly in Virginia by Gen. Lee.
To-day Congress passed an act providing for the termination of martial law within thirty days after the meeting of the next session.
This was as far as they could venture; for, indeed, a majority seem to be intimidated at the glitter of bayonets in the streets, wielded by the authority of martial law. The press, too, has taken the alarm, and several of the publishers have confessed a fear of having their offices closed, if they dare to speak the sentiments struggling for utterance.
y shots on the water line.
No wonder it sunk!
Gen. Longstreet has invested Suffolk, this side of Norfolk, after destroying one gun-boat and crippling another in the Nansemond River.
Unless the enemy get reinforcements, the garrison at Suffolk may be forced to surrender.
Perhaps our general may storm their works!
I learn, to-day, that the remaining eye of the President is failing.
Total blindness would incapacitate him for the executive office.
A fearful thing to contemplate!
From the Northern papers we learn that the defeat at Charleston is called by the enemy a reconnoissance.
This causes us much merriment here; McClellan's defeat was called a strategical movement, and change of base.
We have some rumors to-day, to the effect that Gen. Hill is likely to take Washington and Newbern, N. C.; Gen. Longstreet, Suffolk; and Gen. Wise, Fort Magruder, and the Peninsula-he has not troops enough.
Gold advanced 7 per cent. in New York when the news of the rec
member of Congress, has spoken in favor of our recognition.
A resolution of expulsion was soon after introduced.
Gen. Lee has suggested, and the Secretary of War has approved, a project for removing a portion of the population from Richmond into the country.
Its object is to accumulate supplies for the army.
If some 20,000 could be moved away, it would relieve the rest to some extent.
Troops are passing northward every night.
The carnage and carnival of death will soon begin!
Rained until bedtime-then cleared off quite cold.
This morning it is cold, with occasional sunshine.
Gen. Beauregard's instructions to Major-Gen. Anderson in Florida, who has but 8000 men, opposed by 15,000, were referred by the Secretary of War to Gen. Bragg, who returned them with the following snappish indorsement: The enemy's strength seems greatly exaggerated, and the instructions too much on the defensive.
April 18TH.-Cleared away in the night-frost.
To-day it clouded up aga
al had approved it. But the adjutant said it would have to be presented again, as there was no indorsement on it. The judge advised me to follow it up, which I did; and stayed until the adjutant did present it again to Gen. Ord, who again approved it. Then the polite aid accompanied me to Gen. Patrick's office and introduced me to him, and to Lieut.-Col. John Coughlin, Provost Marshal General Department of Virginia, who indorsed on the paper: These papers will be granted when called for.
Bright and clear.
I add a few lines to my Diary.
It was whispered, yesterday, that President Lincoln had been assassinated!
I met Gen. Duff Green, in the afternoon, who assured me there could be no doubt of it. Still, supposing it might be an April hoax, I inquired at the headquarters of Gen. Ord, and was told it was true.
I cautioned those I met to manifest no feeling, as the occurrence might be a calamity for the South; and possibly the Federal soldiers, supposing the deed to ha