Jones writes that although the Federal Gen. Cox has left the valley of the Kanawha, 5000 of his men remain; and he deems it inexpedient, in response to Gen. Lee's suggestion, to detach any portion of his troops for operations elsewhere.
He says Jenkins's cavalry is in a bad condition.
Here is an instance of South Carolina honor.
During the battle of Williamsburg, last spring, W. R. Erwin, a private in Col. Jenkins's Palmetto sharpshooters, was detailed to take care of the wounded, and wasCol. Jenkins's Palmetto sharpshooters, was detailed to take care of the wounded, and was himself taken prisoner.
The enemy supposing him to be a surgeon, he was paroled.
He now returns to the service; and although the mistake could never be detected, he insists on our government exchanging a private of the enemy's for himself.
With the assurance that this will be done, he goes again to battle.
Yesterday flour and tobacco had a fall at auction.
Some suppose the bidders had in view the contingency of the capture of the city by the enemy.
In the market-house this morning,
trades with the enemy.
And yet Mr. Benjamin urges the Secretary to allow her to depart!
Commodore Lynch also writes that the detention of the Lizzie is a prudential measure, as it is the only steamer in port that could conduct our unfinished gun-boat to a place of safety, should the enemy's fleet make a sudden attack on the city.
The President (who still absents himself from the Executive Office, his health being precarious) writes the Secretary to consult Gen. Lee before detaching Gen. Jenkins's cavalry brigade from the West.
It would have been better if Gen. Lee's advice had been taken in regard to Gen. Longstreet.
The men from the garrison at Drewry's Bluff, and the crew from the steamer Richmond, were taken away to man the batteries around the city.
The President requests the Secretary to order them back at the earliest moment practicable.
It would be an ugly picture if our defenses at Drewry's Bluff were surprised and taken by a sudden dash of the enemy up James Rive
ned, what had hitherto been only a matter of conjecture, that a portion of our forces, the same that captured Winchester and Martinsburg, were in Pennsylvania! Gen. Jenkins, with his cavalry, had taken Chambersburg on the 16th inst. --and the North, from the line of Pennsylvania to the lakes, and from the seaboard to the western p-Fugitives from Hagerstown report the rebels picketing all the roads and not permitting any one to pass.
The force that passed through were all cavalry, under Jenkins and Imboden, and did not exceed 2500.
All was quiet at Frederick up to five o'clock this evening, though the people were greatly excited and hundreds were leaexercise so well.
A little practice will habituate them by degees to the harness of war. No one doubts that they will fight, when the time for blows arrives.
Gen. Jenkins has just arrived, with his brigade, from the south side of the James River.
I was in the arsenal to-day, and found an almost unlimited amount of arms.
ainst the orders on this subject.
R. E. Lee, General.
We have no additional news from the battle-field, except the following dispatch from Winchester:
Our loss is estimated at 10,000.
Between 3000 and 4000 of our wounded are arriving here to-night.
Every preparation is being made to receive them.
Gens. Scales and Pender have arrived here wounded, this evening.
Gens. Armistead, Barksdale, Garnett, and Kemper are reported killed.
Gens. Jones, Heth, Anderson, Pettigrew, Jenkins, Hampton, and Hood are reported wounded.
The Yankees say they had only two corps in the fight on Wednesday, which was open field fighting.
The whole of the Yankee force was engaged in the last three days fighting.
The number — is estimated at 175,000.
The hills around Gettysburg are said to be covered with the dead and wounded of the Yankee Army of the Potomac.
The fighting of these four days is regarded as the severest of the war, and the slaughter unprecedented; especially i
attacked Gen. Stuart, but they were beaten back, after fighting all day, with heavy loss, including 400 prisoners, 3 pieces artillery, and several colors.
Gens. Jenkins and Imboden had been sent in advance, the latter against Romney, to cover the former's movement against Winchester, and both were in position when Ewell left Cemingly designing to take a position to cover Washington.
Gen. Stuart, in several engagements, took 400 more prisoners, etc.
Meantime, Gen. Ewell, with Gen. Jenkins's cavalry, etc., penetrated Maryland, and Pennsylvania as far as Chambersburg.
On the 24th, Lt--Gens. Longstreet and Hill marched to the Potomac, the formeys Charleston was stripped of troops against the remonstrances of Beauregard to send to Mississippi--to no avail — which invited this attack; and now he asks that Jenkins's brigade of South Carolinians be sent to the defense; that South Carolinians are fighting in Virginia, but are not permitted to defend their native soil in the h
e Southern Government.
Another letter from Hon. Mr. Miles, of Charleston, in reply, as it seems, to a pretty severe rebuke by the Secretary of War, for asking Jenkins's brigade of South Carolinians for the defense of South Carolina, was received to-day.
Knowing the honorable gentleman's intimate relations with Beauregard, the I fear this involves the fall of Charleston.
Still Beauregard is there.
Gen. Pickett's division (decimated at Gettysburg) is to remain in this vicinity — and Jenkins's and Wise's brigades will leave.
The hour now seems a dark one.
But we must conquer or die.
It is said a deserter has already gone over from our lines and ers coolly, saying the locals, meaning home guards, or companies for local defense, should be on the alert against raiders.
If large bodies of the enemy come in, Jenkins's brigade, and one from Pickett's division, might be temporarily detached to punish them.
Bragg is falling back toward Atlanta, and Burnside says, officially,
ccess, although the enemy have now some 200,000 in Virginia, and we but little over half that number.
We have nothing from Lee to-day, but it is believed he is busy in battle.
A portion of Grant's right wing, cut off at Spottsylvania Court House, endeavored to march across the country to the Peninsula.
They cut the railroad at Beaver Dam, and destroyed some of our commissary stores.
But it is likely they will be captured.
The enemy beat us yesterday at Dublin Depot, wounding Gen. Jenkins.
On the other hand, Gen. McNeal (C. S.) has cut the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad, destroying millions of property.
Thus the work goes on!
There was no general engagement down the river.
At 12 o'clock last night a column of infantry passed our house, going down Clay Street. Many thought it was the enemy.
I saw a letter to-day from Gen. Beauregard to Gen. Bragg, dated Weldon, April 29th, giving the names of the Federal generals commanding forces on the Southern coast, so tha