rt us from the generally conceived policy of attacking Washington, and rousing up Maryland in the rear of Lincoln.
Met with, and was introduced to, Gov. Letcher, in the evening, at the Enquirer office.
He was revising one of his many proclamations; and is now undoubtedly as zealous an advocate of secession as any man. He said he would be ready to fight in three or four days; and that he would soon have arrangements completed to blockade the Potomac by means of formidable batteries.
Saw Judge Scarburg, who has resigned his seat in the Court of Claims at Washington.
I believe he brought his family, and abandoned his furniture, etc. Also Dr. Garnett, who left most of his effects in the hands of the enemy.
He was a marked man, being the son-in-law of Gov. Wise.
Many clerks are passing through the city on their way to Montgomery, where they are sure to find employment.
Lucky men, some of them!
They have eaten Lincoln bread for more than a month, and most of them
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.
We have rumors of an important cabinet meeting, wherein it was resolved to advise or command Gen. Johnston to evacuate Yorktown and retire toward Richmond!
Also that Norfolk is to be given up!
I don't believe it; Lee's name is not mentioned.
Major Griswold is here, and so is a new batch of Marylanders.
Troops from the South are coming in and marching down the Peninsula.
A dispatch from Montgomery, Ala., states that the enemy have penetrated as far as Enterprise, Miss., where we had a small body of troops, conscripts.
If this be merely a raid, it is an extraordinary one, and I feel some anxiety to learn the conclusion of it. It is hard to suppose a small force of the enemy would evince such temerity.
But if it be supported by an army, and the position maintained, Vicksburg is doomed.
We shall get no more sugar from Louisiana.
The enemy's raid in Mississippi seems to have terminated at Enterprise, where we collected a force and offered battle, but the invaders retreated.
It is said they had 1600 cavalry and 5 guns, and the impression prevails that but few of them will ever return.
It is said they sent back a detachment of 200 men some days ago with their booty, watches, spoons, jewelry, etc. rifled from the habitations of the non-combating people. ! saw Brig.-Gen. Chilton to day, Chief of Gen. Lee's Staff.
le he offended some one of the President's family, domestic or military.
The people had long been offended by his presence and arrogance.
The Enquirer, to-day, has a communication assaulting Messrs. Toombs and Stephens, and impeaching their loyalty.
The writer denounced the Vice-President severely for his opposition to the suspension of the writ of habeas corpus. During the day the article was sent to Mr. Secretary Seddon, with the compliments of Mr. Parker--the author, I suppose.
After a slight shower last night, a cool, clear morning.
The ominous silence or pause between the armies continues.
Lieut.-Gen. Longstreet, it is said, is hidden.
I suppose he is working his way around the enemy's right flank.
If so, we shall soon hear thunder.
It is also supposed that Lee meditates an incursion into Pennsylvania, and that Gen. Beauregard will protect his rear and cover this city.
All is merely conjecture.
We are amused at the enemy's accounts of the stor