is drilling and equipping 500,000 or 600,000 men. I hope we may not soon be floating down stream!
We know the enemy is, besides, building iron-clad steamers-and yet we are not even erecting casemate batteries!
We are losing precious time, and, perhaps, the government is saving money!
I believe the Secretary will resign; but immediate still lies on his table.
News of a battle near Springfield, Mo. McCulloch and Price defeat the Federals, killing and wounding thousands. Gen. Lyon killed.
What a number of cavalry companies are daily tendered in the letters received at this department.
Almost invariably they are refused; and really it is painful to me to write these letters.
This government must be aware, from the statistics of the census, that the South has quite as many horses as the North, and twice as many good riders.
But for infantry, the North can put three men in the field to our one. Ten thousand mounted men, on the border of the enemy's c
ning the effect.
N. S. Walker, Confederate States agent, Bermuda, writes that the steamer R. E. Lee was chased, on her last trip out, twelve hours, and was compelled to throw 150 bales government cotton overboard.
He says the British crown officers have decided that British bottoms, with British owners of cargo, running out of blockaded ports, are liable to seizure anywhere on the high seas.
Some of the papers say Knoxville is in the hands of the enemy, and others deny it.
Hon. F. S. Lyon writes from Demopolis, Ala., that the Vicksburg army have not reported upon the expiration of the thirty days leave, in large numbers, and that the men never can be reorganized to serve again under Pemberton.
Gen. Jos. E. Johnston writes from Morton, Miss., that he is disposing his force to oppose any raids of the enemy, and that he shall keep the Vicksburg troops (when exchanged) in Eastern Mississippi.
Gov. Jos. E. Brown telegraphs that the men (militia) in Georgia cannot be c
tainly at City Point, laden with prisoners sent up for exchange.
The Commissary-General has sent in a paper saying that unless the passenger cars on the Southern Road be discontinued, he cannot supply half enough meal for Lee's army.
He has abundance in Georgia and South Carolina, but cannot get transportation.
He says the last barrel of flour from Lynchburg has gone to the army.
We have news from the West that Morgan and his men will be in the saddle in a few days.
After all, Mr. Lyon's house was not touched by any of the enemy's shells.
But one shell struck within 300 yards of one house in Clay Street, and not even the women and children were alarmed.
The price of a turkey to-day is $60.
Bright and frosty; subsequently warm and pleasant; No news.
But some indignation in the streets at the Adjutant-General's (Cooper) order, removing the clerks and putting them in the army, just when they had, by their valor, saved the capital from fla