e-field say that our loss in killed and wounded is 3000.
It is all conjecture.
There was heavy skirmishing all day yesterday, and until to-day at noon, when the telegraph operator reports that the firing had ceased.
We know not (yet) what this means.
We are still sending artillery ammunition to Gen. Lee.
Gen. Evans dispatches from Kinston, N. C., that on the 14th, yesterday, he repulsed the enemy, 15,000 strong, and drove them back to their boats in Neuse River.
A portion of Gen. R. A. Pryor's command, in Isle of Wight County, was engaged with the enemy's advance the same day. They have also landed at Gloucester Point.
This is pronounced a simultaneous attack on our harbors and cities in Virginia and North Carolina.
Perhaps we shall have more before night.
Our people seem prepared for any event.
Another long train of negroes have just passed through the city, singing, to work on the fortifications.
To-day the city is exalted to the skies!
nt-at-Arms of the Senate, for his denunciation of Lincoln as an imbecile.
And a Philadelphia editor has been imprisoned for alleged sympathy with secessionists.
These arrests signify more battles — more blood.
It appears that Gen. Pryor's force, 1500 strong, was attacked by the enemy, said to be 5000 in number, on the Blackwater.
After some shelling and infantry firing, Gen. P. retired some eight miles, and was not pursued.
Our loss was only fifty; it is said the enemy had 5ion can beat the army corps of Hooker, supposed to be sent to the Peninsula.
It has 12,000 men — an army corps 40,000. Brig.-Gen. Hood's division is near the city, on the Chickahominy.
Gen. Lee warns the government to see that Gens. French and Pryor be vigilant, and to have their scouts closely watching the enemy at Suffolk.
He thinks, however, the main object of the enemy is to take Charleston ; and he suggests that every available man be sent thither.
The rest of his army he will keep on
e now fine March weather; but the floods of late have damaged the railroad bridges between this and Fredericksburg.
The Secretary of War requested the editors, yesterday, to say nothing of this.
We have no news from the West or from the Southeast-but we shall soon have enough.
The United States Congress has passed the Conscription Act. We shall see the effect of it in the North; I predict civil war there; and that will be our aid and comfort.
Gen. Toombs has resigned; and it is said Pryor has been made a major-general.
Thus we go up and down.
The President has issued a proclamation for prayer, fasting, etc., on the twentyseventh of this month.
There will certainly be fasting-and prayer also.
And God has helped us, or we should have been destroyed ere this.
The enemy bombarded Fort McAlister again yesterday, several gun-boats opening fire on it. It lasted all day; during which one of the iron-clads retired, perhaps injured.
We had only two men wounded and on
thanks to God for a great victory; and he never misleads, never exaggerates.
My son Custis got a musket and marched in one of the companies — I have not learned which — for the defense of the city.
It is a sultry day, and he will suffer.
The President was driven out in a light open carriage after the reception of Gen. Lee's dispatch, and exhibited the finest spirits.
He was even diverted at the zeal of the old men and boys marching out with heavy muskets to the batteries.
Brig.-Gen. Pryor, who has been under arrest (I know not for what offense), volunteered in a company of horse, and galloped away with the rest in pursuit of the enemy.
To-day the excitement was quite as great as ever, for bodies of the enemy are still in the vicinity.
They are like frightened quails when the hawks are after them, skurrying about the country in battalions and regiments.
Fitzhugh Lee defeated one of their parties, and reports that the entire calvary force of Hooker, in antici
never forgive him!
The signal officers report that three large ocean steamers passed down the Potomac day before yesterday, having on board 1000 men each; and that many large steamers are constantly going up --perhaps for more.
Brig.-Gen. Roger A. Pryor, after dancing attendance in the ante-rooms for six months, waiting assignment to a command, has resigned, and his resignation has been accepted.
He says he can at least serve in the ranks as a private.
The government don't like aspiring political generals.
Yet Pryor was first a colonel, and member of Congress — resigned his seat-resigned his brigadier-generalship, and is now a private.
Our cause is dim in Europe, if it be true, as the Northern papers report, that the Confederate loan has sunken from par to 35 per cent. discount since the fall of Vicksburg.
Friday, August 21
This is a day appointed by the President for humiliation, fasting, and prayer.
Yet the Marylanders in possession of the passport office rep
age, beans, etc. are growing finely.
But the Yankee corn and lima beans, imported by Col. Gorgas, Chief of Ordnance, have rotted in the ground.
No war news.
Yesterday a paper was sent to the President by Gen. Pickett, recommending Gen. Roger A. Pryor for a cavalry command in North Carolina.
But the President sent it to the Secretary of War with the curt remark that the command had already been disposed of to Col. Dearing, on Gen. Hoke's recommendation.
Thus Gen. P. is again whistled because they were liable to conscription) in the Shenandoah Valley.
This does not look like a purpose of an advance on Lee's part.
He will probably await the attack.
The President, in an indorsement, intimates to the Secretary of War that Gen. Pryor might be assigned to a brigade of the Reserve class.
About 5 o'clock this afternoon we had a tornado from the southwest which I fear has done mischief in the country.
It blew off half a dozen planks from my garden fence, and I had difficul
ohn Mitchel and Senator Foote.
progress of Sherman.
from Gov. Brown, of Georgia.
capture of Gen. Pryor.
Bright and frosty morning.
No confirmation of Early's defeatday and came into Gen. Pickett's lines, and were brought over to this city.
Capture of Gen. Pryor.
The Express gives the following account of the capture of the Hon. Roger A. Pryor, on Mondthe Hon. Roger A. Pryor, on Monday morning:
While riding along the lines on our right, he stopped at one of our vidette posts, and left his horse and private arms with one or two other articles in charge of the pickets, stated proceeding some distance was met by a Yankee officer.
An exchange of papers was effected, and Gen. Pryor had turned to retrace his steps, when he was suddenly seized by two or three armed men, who wetand, was witnessed by some of our men, but at too great a distance to render any assistance.
Gen. Pryor had frequently exchanged papers with the enemy, and his name and character had, no doubt, been
Twelve M. Heavy and pretty rapid shelling is heard down the river.
Col. Chandler, Inspecting Officer, makes an ugly report of Gen. Winder's management of the prisons in Georgia: Brig.-Gen. Chilton appends a rebuking indorsement on Gen. W.'s conduct.
The inspector characterizes Gen. W.'s treatment of the prisoners as barbarous, and their condition as a hell on earth.
And Gen. W. says his statements are false.
Very warm-clouds and sunshine, like April.
Roger A. Pryor, who resigned his brigadiership, and has been acting as a scout (private), fell into the hands of the enemy the other day while exchanging newspapers with their pickets.
They have him at Washington, and the United States newspapers say he makes revelations of a sad state of affairs in Georgia, etc. This is doubtless erroneous.
A peace resolution has been introduced in the North Carolina Legislature.
Hon. Mr. Foote yesterday introduced a resolution in Congress, calling for a conv
the cause depend upon the success of their efforts, the government being null!
A large per cent.
of these preachers is of Northern birth-and some of them may possibly betray the cause if they deem it desperate.
This is the history of such men in the South so far. But the President trusts them, and we must trust the President.
Hon. Wm. C. Rives has resigned his seat in Congress.
Alleged causes, ill health and great age-over 70.
The Negro bill still hangs fire in Congress.
Roger A. Pryor is to be exchanged.
He was the guest of Forney in Washington, and had interviews with President Lincoln.
The government is impressing horses in the streets, to collect the tobacco preparatory for its destruction in the event of the city falling into the hands of the enemy.
This fact is already known in the North and published in the papers there.
A pretty passport and police system, truly!
I saw a paper to-day from Mr. Benjamin, saying it had been determined, in the event of b
s as with individuals, injustice is sooner or later overtaken by its merited punishment.
The people are kinder to each other, sharing provisions, etc.
A New York paper says Gen. H. A. Wise was killed; we hear nothing of this here.
Roger A. Pryor is said to have remained voluntarily in Petersburg, and announces his abandonment of the Confederate States cause.
Bright and beautiful.
Rev. Mr. Dashiell called, after services.
The prayer for the President was omitted, by a ose is to live in history as the slayer of a tyrant; thinking to make the leading character in a tragedy, and have his performance acted by others on the stage.
I see no grief on the faces of either officers or men of the Federal army.
R. A. Pryor and Judge W. T. Joynes have called a meeting in Petersburg, to lament the calamity entailed by the assassination.
I got passports to-day for myself and family to the Eastern Shore, taking no oath.
We know not when we shall leave.