sually fall in battle during the most active operations in the field?
To-day I saw Col. Bartow, who has the bearing and eye of a gallant officer.
He was attended by a young man named Lamar, of fine open countenance, whom he desired to have as his aid; but the regulations forbid any one acting in that capacity who was not a lieutenant; and Lamar not being old enough to have a commission, he said he would attend the colonel as a volunteer aid till he attained the prescribed age. I saw Ben McCulloch, also-an unassuming but elastic and brave man. He will make his mark.
Also Capt. Mcintosh, who goes to the West.
I think I saw him in 1846, in Paris, at the table of Mr. King, our Minister; but I had no opportunity to ask him. He is all enthusiasm, and will rise with honor or fall with glory.
And here I beheld for the first time Wade Hampton, resolved to abandon all the comforts of his great wealth, and encounter the privations of the tented field in behalf of his menaced country.
e are resting on our oars after the victory at Manassas, while the enemy 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 f
n and high prices, than apprehension of the city being taken by the enemy.
A clear morning, but a cold, cloudy day.
The following dispatch from Gen. Forrest shows that the bloody work has commenced in earnest:
Demopolis, Ala., April 19th. to Gen. S. Cooper.
The following dispatch has just been received from Gen. Forrest, dated Jackson, Tenn., April 15th.
L. Polk, Lieut.-General.
I attacked Fort Pillow on the morning of the 12th inst., with a part of Bell's and McCulloch's brigades, numbering--, under Brig.-Gen. J. R. Chalmers.
After a short fight we drove the enemy, seven hundred strong, into the fort, under cover of their gun-boats, and demanded a surrender, which was declined by Major L. W. Booth, commanding United States forces.
I stormed the fort, and after a contest of thirty minutes captured the entire garrison, killing 500 and taking 100 prisoners, and a large amount of quartermaster stores.
The officers in the fort were killed, including Major