ed northward, east of the Big Black, I feared it was a mistake.
I now wish to make the personal acknowledgment that you were right and I was wrong.
If Pemberton had acted differently, if the movement northward had been followed by disaster, then what would Mr. Lincoln have written to Grant?
Success is the only standard of merit in a general.
A Mr. J. C. Jones has addressed a letter to the President asking permission to run the blockade to confer with Mr. Bates, of President Lincoln's cabinet, on terms of peace, with, I believe, authority to assure him that none of the Northwestern States, or any other free States, will be admitted into the Confederacy.
Mr. J. says he has been on intimate terms with Mr. B., and has conceived the idea that the United States would cease the war, and acknowledge the independence of the South, if it were not for the apprehension of the Northwestern States seceding from the Union.
If his request be not granted, he i
ned until marched to the field or released.
Two of the clerks of the War Department, who went down to the Spottswood Hotel to hear the news, although having the Secretary's own details, were hustled off to a prison on Cary Street to report to Lieut. Bates, who alone could release them.
But when they arrived, no Lieut. Bates was there, and they found themselves incarcerated with some five hundred others of all classes and conditions.
Here they remained cooped up for an hour, when they espied aLieut. Bates was there, and they found themselves incarcerated with some five hundred others of all classes and conditions.
Here they remained cooped up for an hour, when they espied an officer who knew them, and who had them released.
To-day the guards arrested Judges Reagan and Davis, Postmaster-General and Attorney-General, both members of the cabinet, because neither of them were over fifty years old. Judge Reagan grew angry and stormed a little; but both were released immediately.
Gen. Lee dispatched Gen. Bragg, at 9 P. M. last night, that all the assaults of the enemy on Fort Gilmer had been repulsed, the enemy losing many in killed, and wounded, and prisoners,