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The Daily Dispatch: July 16, 1861., [Electronic resource] 2 0 Browse Search
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J. B. Jones, A Rebel War Clerk's Diary, chapter 42 (search)
e Gen. (now Lieut.--Col.) Pemberton to organize a mortar and cavalry force to dislodge the enemy from Deep Bottom, on this side of the river, and to select three or four batteries to render the navigation of the James River difficult and dangerous. Col. P. says he must have some 1500 cavalry, etc. Letters from Mr. McRae, our agent abroad, show that our finances and credit are improving wonderfully, and that the government will soon have a great many fine steamers running the blockade. Mr. McR. has contracted for eight steel-clad steamers with a single firm, Frazer, Trenholm & Co.-the latter now our Secretary of the Treasury. The President indorsed a cutting rebuke to both the Secretary of War and--Mr. (now Lieut.-Col.) Melton, A. A. General's office, to day. It was on an order for a quartermaster at Atlanta to report here and settle his accounts. Mr. M. had written on the order that it was issued by order of the President. The President said he was responsible for all orde
eturns) is very precarious, and if it be true, as reported late last night, that some ominous looking square rigged still were thought to be visible towards where the Yankees come from, we are pretty certain of a fight, to us under very disadvantageous circumstances. The outsiders who visited the island were very forcibly impressed with the character, demeanor and general bearing of the military gentlemen we found on the island, some of whom are naval officers and gunners from the man-of-war McR, who know the danger to be apprehended and how to meet it without misgivings. We are now, at all events, sure of our open- ing navigation in the Mississippi Sound. The wood boats, the coal and plank schooners, will come out from their seclusion — trade will be resumed among the landsmen of the coast, and what is more desirable still, steamers will fall into line on the coast, whether Gedden's boats return or not. And thus the whole coast population are brightened up at the disappearanc
f good service in it. However, what the notice did not convey, the good will of the junior officers in the department of Major Cabell did. Yesterday, learning of his departure to the seat of war in the West, these officers surprised the portly and independent Major by presenting him with an order for a full dress uniform of the most costly and superior character. This was alike a suitable and well-clothed compliment, which, I trust, the Major will long live to appreciate. With the Major, Lieut. McR. Self, and Capt. McGibbon, Assistant Quartermasters, leave. They — a happier or more congenial trinity of gentlemen and officers I know not — also carry with them the regrets and good wishes of this army. Maj. A. M. Barbour, a quiet and elegant gentleman whose devotion and activity in office augur well of his future benefit to this division, supersedes Major Cabell. The assistants to Major Barbour are Capts. Moore and Young. The former I only know, and if his official efficiency b