old smooth-bore flint-lock musket.
This may be owing to the fact that a shorter range is sought with the latter.
We are resting on our oars after the victory at Manassas, while the enemy is drilling and equipping 500,000 or 600,000 men. I hope we may not soon be floating down stream!
We know the enemy is, besides, building iron-clad steamers-and yet we are not even erecting casemate batteries!
We are losing precious time, and, perhaps, the government is saving money!
I believe the Secretary will resign; but immediate still lies on his table.
News of a battle near Springfield, Mo. McCulloch and Price defeat the Federals, killing and wounding thousands. Gen. Lyon killed.
What a number of cavalry companies are daily tendered in the letters received at this department.
Almost invariably they are refused; and really it is painful to me to write these letters.
This government must be aware, from the statistics of the census, that the
l and enthusiastic as ever.
Members of Congress are coming to my office every day, getting passports for their constituents.
Those I have seen (Senator Brown, of Mississippi, among the rest) express a purpose not to renew the act, to expire on the 18th September, authorizing martial law.
In both Houses of Congress they are thundering away at Gen. Winder's Provost Marshal and his Plug Ugly alien policemen.
Senator Brown has been very bitter against them.
Mr. Russell has reported a bill which would give us martial law in such a modified form as to extract its venom.
Mr. Russell's bill will not pass.
The machinery of legislation works too slowly.
Fredericksburg has been evacuated by the enemy!
It is said the Jews rushed in and bought boots for $7.00, which they now demand $25.00 for, and so with various other articles of merchandise.
They are now investing money in real estate for the first time, which is evidence t
ver $70,000,000, and they bould not be met — some must lie over; and large sums for contracts, pay of troops, etc. will not be paid, immediately.
Exchange on London, I learn by a letter written by Mr. Endus to his agent in London, detained by Gen. Whiting and sent to the Secretary of War, is selling in Richmond at a premium of fifteen hundred per cent.
The post-office clerks have returned to duty, the Postmaster- General promising to recommend to Congress increased compensation.
Hon. A. R. Boteler, after consultation with Gen. Stuart and Capt. Moseby, suggests that the Secretary of War send up some of Gen. Rains's subterra torpedoes, to place under the track of the Orange and Alexandria Railroad, in possession of the enemy.
Gen. Stuart suggested that a man familiar with their use be sent along with them, as they are dangerous weapons.
We have a report, to-day, that our expedition from this city has succeeded in boarding and capturing two of the enemy's gun