ring egress through our lines on the Potomac, or in the West, to avoid being published as alien enemies going under flag of truce via Norfolk and Fortress Monroe.
Many of them declare a purpose to return.
A day or two ago Col. Bledsoe, who visits me now very seldom, sent an order by Mr. Brooks for me to furnish a list of the names of alien enemies for publication.
This was complied with cheerfully; and these publications have produced some excitement in the community.
The President not having taken any steps in the matter, I have no alternative but to execute the order of the Secretary.
Sundry applications were made to-day to leave the country under flag of truce, provided I would not permit the names to be published. The reason for this request is that these persons have connections here who might be compromised. I refused compliance.
In one or two instances they intimated that they would not have their names published for thousands
, that their government have decided no reclamation can be made on us for burning cotton and tobacco belonging to British subjects, where there is danger that they may fall into the hands of the enemy.
Thus the British government do not even claim to have their subjects in the South favored above the Southern people.
But Mr. Benjamin is more liberal, and he directed the Provost Marshal to save the tobacco bought on foreign account.
So far, however, the grand speculation has failed.
Gen. Wise was countermanded in his march against Williamsburg, by Major-Gen. Gustavus W. Smith.
He had 2700 men, the enemy 1500, and he would have captured and slain them all. Gen. Wise was the trusted and revered Governor of Virginia, while Smith was the Street Commissioner in New York.
A strong letter from Vice-President Stephens is published today, in which it is successfully maintained that no power exists, derived either from the Constitution or acts of Congress, for the decla
ure day, the Abolitionists of the United States should be annihilated and Abolitionism abolished.
To-day I got an excellent pair of winter shoes from a quartermaster here for $13-the retail price for as good an article, in the stores, is $75; fine boots have risen to $200!
The enemy's batteries on Morris Island are firing away again at Sumter's ruins, and at Moultrie-but they have not yet opened on the city.
The newspapers continue to give accounts of the Chickamauga battle.
Nothing from the armies; but from Charleston it is ascertained that the enemy's batteries on Morris Island have some of the guns pointing seaward. This indicates a provision against attack from that quarter, and suggests a purpose to withdraw the monitors, perhaps to use them against Wilmington.
I suppose the opposite guns in the batteries will soon open on Charleston.
Thomas Jackson, Augusta, Ga., writes that he can prove the president of the Southern Express Company, who recently
I see by a Northern paper that Gen. Grant is having his children educated at Burlington, N. J.; perhaps at the same institutions where mine were educated; and I perceive that our next door neighbor, Mrs. Kinsey, has been waving the glorious Stars and Stripes over Gen. G.'s head, from her ample porch.
Well, I would not injure that flag; and I think it would never be assailed by the Southern people, if it were only kept at home, away from our soil.
We have a flag of our own we prefer.
Misty and damp, but warm.
Guns heard down the river.
On Friday, it seems, the enemy penetrated and held a portion of our works below Petersburg; and although we captured many prisoners, it does not appear that we regained the works or retook the cannon.
So far, although the enemy's loss in men may have been greater in the operations of the last few days, it would seem that we have lost ground; that our forts, etc. have been captured and held, up to this moment; and that both th