n, 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 discharge of his duties.
Saw Col. Pendleton to-day, but it was not the first time.
I have seen him in the pulpit, and heard him preach good sermons.
He is an Episcopal minister.
He it was
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 two months. Now's the day, and now's the hour!
Jackson is making preparations to fight.
I know the symptoms.
He has made Pope believe he's afraid of him.
ll be seated some European ruler.
We think recognition of our government is not far behind these events; when we shall have powerful navies to open the blockade.
We are used to wounds and death; but can hardly bear starvation and nakedness.
A letter from Hon. W. Porcher Miles to the Secretary of War, received the 15th July, urging the government to send some long-range Brooke guns for the salvation of Charleston, and saying that the President had once promised him that they should be sent thither, being sent by the Secretary to the President, was, to-day, August 5th, returned by the President, with a paper from the Secretary of the Navy, showing that, at the time Mr. Miles says he was promised the Brooke guns, there were really none on hand. Thus Mr. Miles has been caught by the President, after the lapse of twenty days! It is not denied, even by the Secretary of the Navy, that long-range guns were on hand at the time-but there were no Brooke guns, simply.
he says much caution is necessary. I suppose it to be the destruction of the Federal army depots, etc. in the United States.
Public meetings and the public press continue to denounce in unmeasured terms the high schedule of prices recently sanctioned by the Commissary and Quartermaster's bureaus.
And, although the schedule has been modified, much odium will attach to all concerned in it. A large farmer, at the rates fixed for his products, would realize, perhaps, $200,000 per annum.
Hot and dry. I hope there will be a rain-cloud this evening.
No war news, except a letter from Gen. Lee, indicating that Gen. Morgan is probably on a raid in Northwest Virginia and in Pennsylvania.
Morgan proposed going into Georgia (rear of Sherman), but the Secretary indorsed that perhaps the matter had as well be left to Gen. Lee.
The President quietly indorsed that he concurred in the conclusion that all the movements of troops in Virginia had best be left to the discretion of