Tochman by everybody, he has intimated to the President his expectation of being commissioned a brigadier.
The President, on his part, has promptly and emphatically, as is sometimes his wont, declared his purpose to give him no such commission.
He never, for a moment, thought of making him more than a colonel.
To this the major demurs, and furnishes a voluminous correspondence to prove that his claims for the position of brigadier-general had been recognized by the Secretary of War.
The President sent to the department an interesting letter from Mr. Zollicoffer, in Tennessee, relating to the exposed condition of the country, and its capacities for defense.
Zollicoffer has been appointed a brigadiergen-eral; and although not a military man by education, I think he will make a good officer.
No clew yet to the spies in office who furnish the Northern press with information.
The matter will pass uninvestigated.
Such is our indifference
nd let them have it.
Nine-tenths of the enemy fell, and the rest were soon dispatched, before they could get away.
One of their dying officers said they would have surrendered to us, if we had demanded it. He was reminded of Pope's beastly orders, and died with a horrible groan.
Pope claims a victory!
So did McClellan.
But truth will rise, in spite of everything.
I will not quote Bryant literally, because he is an enemy in this war, and falsifies his own precepts.
McClellan is gone, bag and baggage, abandoning his base; to attain which, he said he had instituted his magnificent strategic movements, resulting in an unmolested retreat from the Peninsula and flight to Washington, for the defense of his own capital.
So the truth they crushed to earth on the Chickahominy has risen again, and the Yankees, like the Cretans, are to be known henceforth as a nation of liars.
Lee has gone up the country to command in person.
Now let Lincol
ns, etc., and arrived at Hagerstown 7th July.
The Potomac was much swollen by recent rains, that had fallen incessantly ever since he had crossed it, and was unfordable.
The enemy had not yet appeared, until the 12th, when, instead of attacking, Meade fortified his lines.
On the 13th Gen. Lee crossed at Falling Waters, the river subsiding, by fords and a bridge, without loss, the enemy making no interruption.
Only some stragglers, sleeping, fell into the hands of the enemy.
It turns out that Gen. Taylor got only 500 prisoners at Donaldsonville, La., instead of 4000.
A writer in the New York Tribune says the Northern troops burnt Jackson, Miss.
Lincoln has marked for close confinement and hostages three of our men for three free negroes taken on Morris Island.
The government here has, at last, indicated blockade-goods (U. S.) which are to be seized; also sent circular letters to the generals at Wilmington, Charleston, and Mobile to im
erday Gen. Hood said no important change had occurred, etc.
I saw a soldier to-day from Gen. Early's army near Martinsburg, and the indications were that it was on the eve of crossing the Potomac.
He left it day before yesterday, 10th inst. He says Kershaw's division was at Culpepper C. H., 50 miles from Early.
Detachments of troops are daily passing through the city, northward.
All is quiet below on the James River.
Grant's campaign against Richmond is confessedly a failure.
Hot and dry. Large green worms have attacked my tomatoes, and from the leaves are proceeding to the fruit.
But not many of them will escape!
I am warring on them.
No war news, except the continuation of the movement of troops northward. Hampton's division of cavalry, at least three brigades, passed this morning.
From Mobile and Atlanta we have nothing of interest.
Flour is falling: it is now $200 per barrel-$500 a few weeks ago; and bacon is falling in price also, from $11