s as rebels, and believed us divided among ourselves.
If this should be true, the rebellion would yet be crushed; but if we were unanimous and continued to fight as we did at Manassas, it would be revolution, and our independence must some day be acknowledged by the United States.
But, they say, a great many Northern men remain to be gratified as they had been; and the war will be a terrible one before they can be convinced that a reduction of the rebellion is not a practicable thing.
To-day Mr. Walker inquired where my son Custis was. I told him he was with his mother at Newbern, N. C. He authorized me to telegraph him to return, and he should be appointed to a clerkship.
Col. Bledsoe has a job directly from the President: which is to adapt the volume of U. S. Army Regulations to the service of the Confederate States.
It is only to strike out U. S. and insert C. S., and yet the colonel groans over it.
Custis arrived and entered upon the
leans might have been successfully defended, and could have been held to this day by Gen. Lovell.
So, West Point is not always the best criterion of one's fitness to command.
The Adjutant General, by order (I suppose of the President),is annulling, one after another, all Gen. Winder's despotic orders.
There is a rumor that McClellan is stealing away from his new base and Burnside has gone up the Rappahannock to co-operate with Pope in his march to Richmond.
Lee is making herculean efforts for an on to Washington, while the enemy think he merely designs a defense of Richmond.
Troops are on the move, all the way from Florida to Gordonsville.
The enemy have postponed drafting, that compulsory mode of getting men being unpopular, until after the October elections. I hope Lee will make the most of his time, and annihilate their drilled and seasoned troops.
He can put more fighting men in Virginia than the enemy, during the next
rites from Raleigh, N. C., that the State is in a ferment of rage against the administration for appointing Marylanders and Virginians, if not Pennsylvanians, quartermasters, to collect the war tax within its limits, instead of native citizens.
Mr. W. H. Locke, living on the James River, at the Cement and Lime Works, writes that more than a thousand deserters from Lee's army have crossed at that place within the last fortnight.
This is awful; and they are mainly North Carolinians.
The partial gloom continues.
It is now ascertained that Gen. Morgan is a prisoner; only some 250 of his men, out of 3000, having escaped.
Lee is falling back on this side of the Rappahannock.
His army has been diminished by desertions; but he has been reinforced pretty considerably since leaving Pennsylvania.
The President's address may reinforce him still more; and then it may be possible a portion of Bragg's and Johnston's armies may be ordered hither.
If this should be done, t
ed, I think.
Seven P. M. No rain here, but my family were drenched in a hard shower at Hanover Junction, and what was worse, they got no blackberries, the hot sun having dried the sap in the bushes.
Cloudy, but no rain.
The press dispatches last night assert that still another raiding party, besides Stoneman's, was dispersed or captured.
It is rumored to-day that Beauregard has sprung a mine under Grant's fortifications.
This may be so. Later. It was not so.
Clear and hot.
All quiet at Petersburg.
President Lincoln was at Fortress Monroe on Sunday last, after the explosion and its failure.
The Northern papers acknowledge that Grant sustained a terrible disaster at Petersburg, losing in killed, wounded, and missing 5000. They say the negro troops caused the failure, by running back and breaking the lines of the whites.
The blacks were pushed forward in front, and suffered most.
From the same source we learn that our troops have