I shall doubt hereafter whether superior intelligence is promotive of superior virtue.
The serpent is wiser than the dove, but never so harmless.
Ignorance is bliss in comparison with Yankee wisdom.
The Secretary has authorized me to sign passports for the Secretary of War.
My son attends to his letters.
I have now an opportunity of seeing more.
I have authority to order transportation for the parents of soldiers, and for goods and provisions taken to the camps.
Harris and Magraw, who were taken on the field of Manassas, looking for the remains of Col. Cameron, have been liberated by Gen. Winder, on the order of the acting Secretary of War.
This is startling; for Mr. Benjamin was the most decided man, at the time of their capture, against their liberation.
Per contra, a Mr. G., a rich New York merchant, and Mr. R., a wealthy railroad contractor, whom I feared would break through the meshes of the law, with the large sums realized by them her
Shepherdstown, and on the 17th inst. gave battle.
We got the first news of this battle from a Northern paper---the Philadelphia Inquirer-which claimed a great victory, having killed and taken 40,000 of our men, made Jackson prisoner, and wounded Longstreet!
But the truth is, we lost 5000 and the enemy 20,000.
At the next dawn Lee opened fire again — but, lo I the enemy had fled!
We have one day of gloom.
It is said that our army has retreated back into Virginia.
There are rumors that only Jackson's corps recrossed the Potomac to look after a column of the enemy sent to recapture Harper's Ferry and take Winchester, our grand depot.
Jackson, the ubiquitous and invincible, fell upon Burnside's division and annihilated it. This intelligence has been received by the President.
We have, also, news from Kentucky.
It comes this time in the New York Herald, and is true, as far as it goes.
A portion of Buell's army, escaping fro
The Secretary of War thinks Longstreet's corps had not yet reached Bragg; then why should he have commenced the attack before the reinforcements arrived?
We must await further dispatches.
If Bragg beats Rosecrans utterly, the consequences will be momentous.
If beaten by him, he sinks to rise no more.
Both generals are aware of the consequences of failure, and no doubt it is a sanguinary field.
Whether it is in Georgia or over the line in Tennessee is not yet ascertained.
Another dispatch from Bragg, received at a late hour last night, says the victory is complete. This announcement has lifted a heavy load from the spirits of our people; and as successive dispatches come from Gov. Harris and others on the battle-field to-day, there is a great change in the recent elongated faces of many we meet in the streets.
So far we learn that the enemy has been beaten back and pursued some eleven miles; that we have from 5000 to 6000 prisoners, some 40 guns, besid
keep them out of the service.
Mr. Foote openly advocates a convention; and says the other States will have one certainly: and if Virginia declines to unite in it, she will be left out in the cold.
This is said of him; I have not heard him say it. But I believe a convention in any State or States, if our disasters continue, will lead to reconstruction, if McClellan be elected.
If emancipation, confiscation, etc. be insisted on, the war will never terminate but in final separation.
Cloudy; rained much last night.
The following is all we know yet of Early's defeat:
headquarters army of Northern Virginia, September 20th, 1864. Hon. James A. Seddon.
Gen. Early reports that, on the morning of the 19th, the enemy advanced on Winchester, near which place he met his attack, which was resisted from early in the day till near night, when he was compelled to retire.
After night he fell back to Newtown, and this morning to Fisher's Hill.
Our loss reported to be