is was. I told him he was with his mother at Newbern, N. C. He authorized me to telegraph him to return, and he should be appointed to a clerkship.
Col. Bledsoe has a job directly from the President: which is to adapt the volume of U. S. Army Regulations to the service of the Confederate States.
It is only to strike out U. S. and insert C. S., and yet the colonel groans over it.
Custis arrived and entered upon the discharge of his duties.
Saw Col. Pendleton to-day, but it was not the first time.
I have seen him in the pulpit, and heard him preach good sermons.
He is an Episcopal minister.
He it was that plowed such destruction through the ranks of the invaders at Manassas.
At first the battery did no execution; perceiving this, he sighted the guns himself and fixed the range.
Then exclaiming, Fire, boys!
and may God have mercy on their guilty souls!
he beheld the lanes made through the regiments of the enemy.
Since then he has been
the department that Pope has not now exceeding 20,000 men, but that all the rolling stock of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad is ordered West to bring reinforcements.
Besides, the United States Government is calling for 600,000 additional men. Then again, Mc-Clellan and Burnside will form a junction with Pope, and we will be outnumbered.
But the President and Gen. Lee know best what is to be done.
We have lost many of the flower of Southern chivalry in the late conflicts.
Gen. Pendleton has given McClellan a scare, and might have hurt him if he had fired lower.
He planted a number of batteries (concealed) on the south side of the river, just opposite the enemy's camp.
The river was filled with gun-boats and transports.
At a signal, all the guns were fired, at short range, too, for some minutes with great rapidity, and then the batteries were withdrawn.
I happened to be awake, and could not conjecture what the rumpus meant.
But we fired too high in the dark, and di
will be crushed very soon, and really seem to have speedy and accurate information from Richmond not only of all movements of our army, but of the intentions of the government.
They say Lynchburg and East Tennessee now occupy the mind of Gen. Lee; and they know every disposition of our forces from day to day sooner than our own people!
What imbecile stolidity!
Will we thus blunder on to the end?
Congress has passed an act organizing the artillery force of Lee's army-submitted by Gen. Pendleton (Episcopal clergyman), who writes the Secretary that Col. Pemberton (Northern man and once lieutenant-general) is making efforts to induce the President to withhold his approval of the bill, which he deprecates and resents, as the bill is sanctioned by the judgment of Gen. Lee.
From this letter I learn we have 330 guns and 90 mortars under Lee; enough to make a great noise yet!
Lieut.-Gen. Grant has directed Col. Mulford, Agent of Exchange, to say that some 200 prisoners escaped fro