Examiner has made a pretty severe attack on Judge Campbell, Assistant Secretary of War, for the great number of persons he has allowed to pass into the enemy's country.
It does not attribute the best motives to the Judge, who was late coming over to the Confederacy.
The British consul here, it seems, has been meddling with matters in Mississippi, the President states, and has had his exequatur revoked.
Gen. D. H. Hill recommends the abandonment of the line of the Blackwater, for Gen. Martin informs him that the enemy are preparing their expeditions to cut our railroads in North Carolina. Gen. Hill fears if the present line be held we are in danger of a great disaster, from the inability to transport troops from so remote a point, in the event of a sudden emergency.
Gen. Lee refuses to let him have Ranseur's brigade.
There are rumors of picket fighting near Fredericksburg, and Davis's (the President's nephew) brigade, just from North Carolina, proceeded through the city
sition be true, and in the mean time it serves to increase the demand for active exertions, as well to fill up the ranks of the army as to organize local defense troops.
The letter of Lt.-Col. Lay, Inspector of Conscripts, etc., was likewise referred to the President, who suggests that a general officer be located with a brigade near where the States of North Carolina, South Carolina, etc. meet.
And the President indorses on Gen. Whiting's earnest calls for aid at Wilmington, that Gen. Martin be sent him, with the locals, as he calls them, and a brigade from Pickett's division, when filled up. But suppose that should be too late?
He says Ransom's troops should also be in position, for it is important to hold Wilmington.
Calico is selling now for $10 per yard; and a small, dirty, dingy, dilapidated house, not near as large as the one I occupy, rents for $800. This one would bring $1200 now; I pay $500, which must be considered low. Where are we drifting?
I know not; unles
took in high dudgeon, indorsing on the paper that there was no necessity for such a message to him; that Bragg knew very well that every effort had been and would be made to subsist the army; and that when he evacuated Tennessee, the great source of supplies was abandoned.
In short, the only hope of obtaining ample supplies was for Gen. Bragg to recover Tennessee, and drive Rosecrans out of the country.
The President has at last consented to send troops for the protection of Wilmington-Martin's brigade; and also Clingman's, from Charleston, if the enemy should appear before Wilmington.
I read to-day an interesting report from one of our secret agents --Mr. A. Superviele--of his diplomatic operations in Mexico, which convinces me that the French authorities there favor the Confederate States cause, and anticipate closer relations before long.
When he parted with Almonte, the latter assured him that his sympathies were with the South, and that if he held any position in the ne
he order and fought the battle, saving Petersburg.
Then Beauregard tendered his resignation, which was not accepted.
It is also said that the order was directed to the commandant of the garrison; but the courier was stopped by Generals Wise and Martin, who gave the paper to Beauregard.
There is another rumor that Bragg's orders caused Lee to fall back; and, of course, the credulous people here are despondent; some in despair.
There may be some design against the President in all this.
a resolution of censure, which was not laid on the table-though moved, and voted on-but postponed.
Gen. Lee has been a little ill from fatigue, exposure, and change of water; but was better yesterday, and is confident.
Messrs. Cardoza and Martin, who sell a peck of meal per day to each applicant for $12, or $48 per bushel, flour at $1.60 per pound, and beans $3 per quart, are daily beset with a great crowd, white and black.
I do not think they sell for the government, but they probably
pe for both sport and better health.
The books at the conscript office show a frightful list of deserters or absentees without leave-60,000--all Virginians.
Jno. M. Daniel, editor of the Examiner, is dead.
The following dispatch from Gen. Lee is just (10 A. M.) received:
headquarters, April 1st, 1865. his Excellency President Davis.
Gen. Beauregard has been ordered to make arrangements to defend the railroad in North Carolina against Stoneman.
Generals Echols and Martin are directed to co-operate, and obey his orders.
R. E. Lee.
A rumor (perhaps a 1st of April rumor) is current that a treaty has been signed between the Confederate States Government and Maximilian.
Bright and beautiful.
The tocsin was sounded this morning at daybreak, and the militia ordered to the fortifications, to relieve some regiments of Longstreet's corps, posted on this side of the river.
These latter were hurried off to Petersburg, where a battle is impending,