I saw at a glance how the land lay. It was Col. A. T. Bledsoe, lately of the University of Virginia; and he had beo room in his office for him.
This morning Col. Bledsoe came in with his letters, some fifty in number, looking.
He went to work with hearty good-will.
Col. Bledsoe has given up writing almost entirely, but he groans as appreciated, a thing I never knew.
All I know is that Col. Bledsoe has been appointed by the President to fill an importanthe correspondence of the department on my hands, since Col. Bledsoe has ceased to write.
To-day there was a rion and intellectual face, who has been whispering with Col. Bledsoe several times during the last week, attracted my attentne 24
To-day I was startled by the announcement from Col. Bledsoe that he would resign soon, and that it was his purpose l in a good humor.
He showed me the two first words: Dear Bledsoe.
He said nothing more about resigning.
I must get mor
s dressed in a little brief authority, should be spurned with contempt.
But Col. Bledsoe is shocked, and renews his threats of resignation.
Major Tyler is eager to more stomach for fighting during the remainder of the campaign.
Col. Bledsoe complains that the Secretary still has quite as little intercourse with him,; and accordingly the door-keeper ushered in the people.
But not long after-Col. Bledsoe arrived, and exhibited to me an order from the President for him to act as S it seemed, he had no previous information, that the President had appointed Col. Bledsoe to act as Secretary of War during the absence of Mr. Walker.
The major retis, announced his belief that it was a drawn battle.
This moved the wrath.of Col. Bledsoe, and he denounced Cobb.
Mr. Hunter did nothing but listen.
It was night, nn the Secretary's instructions, are referred to the Chief of the Bureau; and Col. Bledsoe cannot bear importunity.
Sometimes he becomes so very boisterous that the p
large numbers of cavalry offering.
great preparations in the North.
Col. Bledsoe again threatens to resign, and again declares he will get the President to appoint me to his ized me to telegraph him to return, and he should be appointed to a clerkship.
Col. Bledsoe has a job directly from the President: which is to adapt the volume of U. S. Army Regulationsexcept among the Jews, some of whom are converting their effects into gold and departing.
Col. Bledsoe's ankles are much too weak for his weighty body, but he can shuffle along quite briskly when formity with his suggestion, I repaired to Adjutant-General Cooper, who wrote the order that A. T. Bledsoe discharge the duties of Secretary of War during the absence of Mr. Walker.
This I sent by a messenger to the President, who signed it.
Then I informed Col. Bledsoe of what had been done, and he proceeded without delay to the Secretary's office.
It was not long before I perceived the p
and even from the country stores.
These they will keep, until the process of consumption shall raise a greedy demand for all descriptions of merchandise.
Col. Bledsoe has resigned, but says nothing now about getting me appointed in his place.
That matter rests with the President, and I shall not be an applicant.
Septembe been appointed acting Chief of the Bureau of War.
Matters in statu quo, and Major Tyler still acting chief of the bureau.
Col. Bledsoe is back again!
He says the President refuses to accept his resignation; and tells me in confidence, not to be revealed for a few days, that Mr. Walker has tenf his epistolary administrative ability, and profound statesmanship!
And, just as I expected, Mr. Benjamin is to be Mr. Walker's successor.
Col. Bledsoe is back again; and it devolved on me to inform Major Tyler that the old chief of the bureau was now the new chief.
Of course he resigned the seals of office w
desiring 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.
Oallenged him. This is a horse of another color.
Col. N. is one of the special favorites of the President.
Col. M. applied to me to-day for a passport to Maryland, bringing a strong letter from Mr. Hunter, and also a note from Col. Bledsoe, Chief of the Bureau of War.
He seemed thunderstruck when I informed him that Gen. Winder had obtained an order from the Secretary of War to detain him. A few moments after Gen. Winder came with a couple of his detectives (all from Baltimore)
is difference with the general grew out of an attempt of the latter to organize troops and confer commands without the sanction of the department.
He had rebuked the general, he said; and then the general had appealed to the President, who sustained the Secretary.
Mr. B. said that Gen. B. had ascertained who was strongest with the President.
From this day forth, I hope Mr. Benjamin and I will be of better accord.
I have an official order, directed by him and written by Col. Bledsoe, to the effect that no more alien enemies are to have passports.
On the contrary, when any one avows himself an alien enemy, and applies for permission to leave the country, Gen. Winder is to take him in charge.
Several were arrested yesterday.
Still I doubt whether we are dealing fairly, even with enemies.
They have been encouraged to come into and go out of the country by the facilities afforded them; and now, without any sort of notification whatever, they are to be
lived in North Carolina for many years, and has amassed a fortune.
He declares the South does not contain a truer Southern man than himself; and he says he is going to the British Provinces to purchase supplies for the Confederacy.
He brought me an order from Mr. Benjamin, indorsed on the back of a letter, for a passport.
I declined to give it; and he departed in anger, saying the Secretary would grant it. He knew this, for he said the Secretary had promised him one.
Col. Bledsoe was in to-day.
I had not seen him for a long time.
He had not been sitting in the office two minutes before he uttered one of his familiar groans.
Instantly we were on the old footing again.
He said Secretary Benjamin had never treated him as Chief of the Bureau, any more than Walker.
Dibble has succeeded in obtaining a passport from the Secretary himself.
Gen. T. J. Jackson has destroyed a principal dam on the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal.
in, and signed by Gen. Winder.
And I learned that all the orders, sumptuary and others, had been similarly written and signed.
Mr. Benjamin used the pencil and not the pen in writing these orders, supposing, of course, they would be copied by Gen. W.'s clerks.
But they were not copied.
The policemen threaten to stop the Examiner soon, for that paper has been somewhat offensive to the aliens who now have rule here.
Gen. Walker, of Georgia--the same who had the scene with Col. Bledsoe--has resigned.
I am sorry that the Confederate States must lose his services, for he is a brave man, covered with honorable scars.
He has displeased the Secretary of War.
Gen. Bonham, of South Carolina, has also resigned, for being overslaughed.
His were the first troops that entered Virginia to meet the enemy; and because some of his three months men were reorganized into fresh regiments, his brigade was dissolved, and his commission canceled.
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ng the Baltimore detectives, which bodes no harm to the condemned.
They will not be executed, though guilty.
R. G. H. Kean, a young man, and a connection of Mr. Randolph, has been appointed Chief of the Bureau of War in place of Col. Bledsoe, resigned at last.
Mr. Kean was, I believe, a lieutenant when Mr. Randolph was colonel, and acted as his adjutant.
Col. Bledsoe has been appointed Assistant Secretary of War by the President.
Now he is in his glory, and has forCol. Bledsoe has been appointed Assistant Secretary of War by the President.
Now he is in his glory, and has forgotten me.
There are several young officers who have sheathed the sword, and propose to draw the pen in the civil service.
To-day I asked of the department a month's respite from labor, and obtained it. But I remained in the city, and watched closely, still hoping I might serve the cause, or at least prevent more injury to it, from the wicked facility hitherto enjoyed by spies to leave the country.
The condemned spies have implicated Webster, the letter-carrier,
This may be hailed as the harbinger of bright fortune.
Col. Bledsoe sent word to me to-day by my son that he wished to see me. When I met him hes against having two passport offices, while martial law existed.
And so Col. Bledsoe came in and told me to shut up shop.
The Secretary had revoked his order.
measure suspended, and so I have another holiday.
I learn that Col. Bledsoe has to grant passports to the army, as the pickets have been instructed to lhased passports thither from the Provost Marshal's detectives.
Col. Bledsoe sent for me again.
This time he wanted me to take charge of the letter room been appointed to attend to such cases; and he now directed that it be done.
Bledsoe came to me immediately, and said: Jones, you'll have to open a passport officees, which had been brought back since the assumption of command by Gen. Lee. Col. Bledsoe denounced the organization as a humbug!
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