oing down to Norfolk.
The Yankees on the Peninsula mean to fight.
Well, that is what our brave army pants for..
The prospect of battle produces a joyous smile on every soldier's face to-day.
We have not yet reached the lowest round of the ladder.
The Secretary is at Norfolk, and the place is to be evacuated.
I would resign first.
Norfolk and Portsmouth are evacuated!
Our army falling back!
The Merrimac is to be, or has been, blown up!
My family, excepting my son Custis, started to-day for Raleigh, N. C., where our youngest daughter is at school.
But it is in reality another flight from the enemy.
No one, scarcely, supposes that Richmond will be defended.
But it must be!
The President's family have departed for Raleigh, and the families of most of the cabinet to their respective homes, or other places of refuge.
The President has been baptized (at home) and privately confirmed in St. Paul's Church.
vade and subjugate a vast territory, inhabited by millions of warlike people, the assailants must always have four times as many men as the assailed; therefore we stand on an equal footing with the United States in this war, and they may, if they be insane enough, protract it indefinitely, and in the end reap no substantial benefit.
On the contrary, the fortune of war may shift the scene of devastation to their own homes.
Perhaps Lee may follow up this blow until he enters Pennsylvania.
The papers contain the following order from Gen. Lee:
General orders no. 59. headquarters army of Northern Virginia, May 7th, 1863.
With heartfelt gratification, the General Commanding expresses to the army his sense of the heroic conduct displayed by officers and men, during the arduous operations in which they have just been engaged.
Under trying vicissitudes of heat and storm, you attacked the enemy, strongly intrenched in the depths of a tangled wilderness, and again on the