ground, before meeting the enemy.
But the same thing may be said of the Northmen.
And the arbitrament of war, and war's desolation, is a foregone conclusion.
How much better it would have been if the North had permitted the South to depart in peace!
With political separation, there might still have remained commercial union.
But they would not.
Ex-President Tyler and Vice-President Stephens are negotiating a treaty which is to ally Virginia to the Confederate States.
To-day I recognize Northern merchants and Jews in the streets, busy in collecting the debts due them.
The Convention has thrown some impediments in the way; but I hear on every hand that Southern merchants, in the absence of legal obligations, recognize the demands of honor, and are sending money North, even if it be used against us. This will not last long.
We have had a terrible alarm.
The tocsin was sounded in the public square, and thousands have been running hither
Gen. Wise, through the influence of Gen. Lee, who is a Christian gentleman as well as a consummate general, has been ordered into the field.
He will have a brigade, but not with Beauregard.
The President has unbounded confidence in Lee's capacity, modest as he is.
Provost Marshal Godwin, for rebuking the Baltimore chief of police, is to leave us, and to be succeeded by a Marylander, Major Griswold, whose family is now in the enemy's country.
Gen. Lee is doing good service in bringing forward reinforcements from the South against the day of trial-and an awful day awaits us. It is understood that he made fully known to the President his appreciation of the desperate condition of affairs, and demanded carte blanche as a condition of his acceptance of the position of commanding general.
The President wisely agreed to the terms.
Gen. Lee is calm-but the work of preparation goes on night and day.
rd is urging the government to send more heavy guns to Savannah. ! saw an officer to-day just from Charleston.
He says none of the enemy's vessels came nearer than 900 yards of our batteries, and that the Northern statements about the monitors becoming entangled with obstructions are utterly false, for there were no obstructions in the water to impede them.
But he says one of the monitors was directly over a torpedo, containing 4000 pounds of powder, which we essayed in vain to ignite.
This being Sunday I shall hear no news, for I will not be in any of the departments.
There is a vague understanding that notwithstanding the repulse of the enemy at Charleston, still the Federal Government collects the duties on merchandise brought into that port, and, indeed, into all other ports.
These importations, although purporting to be conducted by British adventurers, it is said are really contrived by Northern merchants, who send hither (with the sanction of the Federal Go
gun-boats at Yazoo City-first taking out her guns, eight rifled 24-pounders.
To-day Mr. Memminger, in behalf of the ladies in his department, presented a battle-flag to the Department Battalion for its gallant conduct in the repulse of Dahlgren's raid.
But the ladies leave early in the morning for South Carolina.
The President still says that many of the government officers and employees must be sent away, if transportation cannot be had to feed them here as well as the armies.
Another truly fine spring day.
The ominous silence on the Rapidan and Rappahannock continues still.
The two armies seem to be measuring each other's strength before the awful conflict begins.
It is said the enemy are landing large bodies of troops at Yorktown.
Major-Gen. Ransom has been assigned to the command of this department; and Gen. Winder's expectations of promotion are blasted.
Will he resign?
I think not.
The enemy's accounts of the battle on the Red River do