d to our one. Ten thousand mounted men, on the border of the enemy's country, would be equal to 30,000 of the enemy's infantry; not in combat: but that number would be required to watch and guard against the inroads of 10,000 cavalry.
It seems to me that we are declining the only proper means of equalizing the war. But it is my duty to obey, and not to deliberate.
We have news of a fight at Hawk's Nest, Western Virginia.
Wise whipped the Yankees there quite handsomely.
Beauregard offers battle again on the plains of Manassas; but it is declined by the enemy, who retire behind their fortifications.
Our banners are advanced to Munson's Hill, in sight of Washington.
The Northern President and his cabinet may see our army, with good glasses, from the roof of the White House.
It is said they sleep in their boots; and that some of them leave the city every night, for fear of being captured before morning.
Generals Johnston, Wise, and Floyd are sendi
ted 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 that they have no faith in the ultimate redemption of Confederate money.
Huzza for Gen. Stuart!
He has made another circumvention of the enemy, getting completely in Pope's rear, and destroying many millions worth of stores, etc.
Pope's coat was captured, and all his papers.
The braggart is near his end.
Bloody fighting is going on at Manassas.
All the news is good for us. It appears that Pope, in his consummate egotism, refused to believe that he had been outwitted, and pitched into our corps and divisions, believing them to be merely brigades and regiments.
He has been terribly cut up.
Banks, by the order of Pope, has burnt 400 Yankee cars loaded with quartermaster's and com
cution of our officers taken while recruiting in Kentucky, will not be executed.
Nor will the officers taken on Morris Island, serving with the negroes, suffer death in accordance with the act of Congress and the President's proclamation.
The Secretary referred the matter to the President for instruction, and the President invited the advice of the Secretary.
The Secretary advised that they be held indefinitely, without being brought to trial, and in this the President acquiesces.
Another letter, from Gen. Whiting, calls vehemently for reinforcements, artillery, cavalry, and infantry — or else the city and harbor are soon to be at the mercy of the enemy.
He is importunate.
After all, Morgan's head was not shaved — but his beard, and that of his officers, was cut, and their hair made short. This I learn from a letter at the department from Morgan's Assistant Adjutant-General.
The tocsin was ringing in my ears when I awoke this morning.
Custis packed his