Bright, and cool, and dry.
It is reported that a battle has occurred at Atlanta; but I have seen no official confirmation of it.
It is rumored that Gen. McClellan has been nominated by the Chicago Convention for President, and Fernando Wood for Vice-President.
There is some interest felt by our people in the proceedings of this convention, and there is a hope that peace candidates may be nominated and elected.
Senator Johnson (Missouri) told me to-day that he had seen Mrs. Vaughan (wife of our Gen. V.), just from the United States, where she had been two months; and she declares it as her belief that Gen. McClellan will be elected, if nominated, and that he is decidedly for peace.
She says the peace party would take up arms to put an end to Lincoln's sanguinary career, but that it is thought peace can be soonest restored by the ballot-box.
The President to-day arrested the rush of staff appointments.
To-day an old gentleman, after an interview with Mr. Sec
l of the contest.
headquarters army of Northern Virginia, October 13th, 1864. Hon. James A. Seddon, Secretary of War.
At seven o'clock this morning the enemy endeavored to advance between the Darbytown and Charles City Roads, but was repulsed in every attempt.
The most strenuous effort was made about four P. M., after which he withdrew, leaving many dead.
Our loss very slight.
Gen. Breckinridge reports that a force (f the enemy came to Greenville on the 12th, and was defeated by Gen. Vaughan.
Some prisoners, two stands of colors, many horses and arms were captured.
The enemy lost many killed and wounded.
Our loss slight.
R. E. Lee, General.
It is now 2 P. M., and yet we hear no cannon.
If Grant does not renew the strife immediately, it will be natural to suppose he failed in his purpose yesterday, or that some unforeseen occurrence within his lines has happened.
Be it either, it is a grateful respite to us.
On the 8th inst., Judge Campbell, Assistant Secretar
on of the House of Representatives, are reporting their ages, and most of them admit they are able-bodied and fit for service in the field.
They have no fear of being transferred to the front, supposing themselves indispensable as bureau officers.
Cloudy and cool.
A dispatch from the West states that the enemy have made a heavy raid from Bean's Station, Ky., cutting the railroad between Abingdon and Bristol, destroying government stores, engines, etc. Breckinridge and Vaughan, I suppose, have been ordered away.
Dr. Morris, Telegraph Superintendent, wants to know of the Secretary if this news shall be allowed to go to the press.
The President is ill, some say very ill, but I saw indorsements with his own hand on the 13th (day before yesterday).
Our affairs seem in a bad train.
But many have unlimited confidence in Gen. Beauregard, who commands in South Carolina and Georgia, and all repose implicit trust in Lee.
A writer in the Sentinel suggests that
bly will be, unless there should be some relaxation of the stringency of measures on the part of the United States Government.
The markets are now almost abandoned, both by sellers and purchasers.
Beef and pork are sold at $7 to $9 per pound, and everything else in proportion.
Butter, from $15 to $20.
The President walked down to his office after 11 o'clock this morning, very erect, having heard of Lieut. McNeill's exploit.
Another dispatch from Gen. Lee says detachments of Gen. Vaughan's cavalry a few days ago captured two of the enemy's posts in Tennessee beyond Knoxville, with 60 prisoners, horses, etc.
The following letter from Gen. Lee, on the subject of putting negroes into the army, clearly defines his views on that important subject:
headquarters Confederate States armies, February 18th, 1865. Hon. E. Barksdale, House of Representatives, Richmond.
Sir:--I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of your letter of the 12th inst., with reference to the emp