the Quartermaster's and Commissary's Departments, in compliance with the act of last session.
The Commissary-General, in response, refers only to clerks-none of whom, however, it seems have been removed.
Capt. Alexander, an officer under Gen. Winder, in charge ot Castle Thunder (prison), has been relieved and arrested for malfeasance, etc.
Gen. C. J. McRae, charged with the investigation of the accounts of Isaacs, Campbell & Co., London, with Major Huse, the purchasing agent of Col. Jmmand at Fortress Monroe.
My daughters have plaited and sold several hats, etc., and today they had a large cake (costing $10) from their savings.
And a neighbor sent in some egg-nog to my daughter Anne, just arrived from the country.
Gen. Winder reported to the Secretary, to-day, that there were no guards at the bridges, the militia refusing to act longer under his orders.
A memorial from the army has been presented in both houses of Congress.
The speech of Mr. F
of the city to Gen. Morgan.
call for a Dictator.
letter from Gen. Lee.
letters from Gov. Vance.
accusation against Gen. Winder.
treatment of Confederate prisoners (from the Chicago times).
change of Federal policy.
efforts to remove Col. Nortparty there has authority from the United States authorities to trade anything but arms and ammunition for cotton.
Gen. Winder being directed to send Mr. Hirsh, a rich Jew, to the conscript camp, says he gave him a passport to leave the Confederower to remove one of the evils which is bringing the administration into disrepute, and causing universal indignation-Gen. Winder.
The writer says Winder drinks excessively, is brutish to all but Marylanders, and habitually receives bribes, etc. TWinder drinks excessively, is brutish to all but Marylanders, and habitually receives bribes, etc. The President indorsed on it that he did not know the writer, and the absence of specifications usually rendered action unnecessary.
But perhaps the Secretary may find Mr. S.'s character such as to deserve attention.
Captain Warner says it is bel
ches from Gen. Beauregard.
President Davis's negroes.
controversy between Gen. Winder and Mr. Ould.
robbery of Mr. Lewis Hayman.
promotion of Gen. Bragg, and thy Irish) for passes to leave the country.
So lax has become Gen. Winder's rule, or deficient, or worse, the vigilance of his detectives,--the roguesrtment says the burden of the speakers, mostly lawyers, was the terrorism of Gen. Winder and his corps of rogues and cut-throats, Marylanders, whose operations, it sk; and Sherman is supposed to be still at Meridian.
There is war between Gen. Winder and Mr. Ould, agent for exchange of prisoners, about the custody and distribly between the clerks in the two offices.
A. Mr. Higgens, from Maryland, is in Winder's office, and has got the general to propose to the Secretary that he shall havd reported it to the Secretary.
But as the Secretary was much absorbed, and as Winder will indorse Higgens, it is doubtful how the contest for the perquisites will t
s decision, which will probably be martial law.
Last night, when it was supposed probable that the prisoners of war at the Libby might attempt to break out, Gen. Winder ordered that a large amount of powder be placed under the building, with instructions to blow them up, if the attempt were made.
He was persuaded, however, to ut,--because such prisoners are not to be condemned for striving to regain their liberty.
Indeed, i.t is the duty of a prisoner of war to escape if he can.
Gen. Winder addressed me in a friendly manner to-day, the first time in two years.
The President was in a bad humor yesterday, when the enemy's guns were heard even in g fast all day.
There was a rumor to-day that the enemy were approaching again, but the Secretary knew nothing of it.
Major Griswold is at variance with Gen. Winder, who has relieved him as Provost Marshal, and ordered him to Americus, Ga., to be second in command of the prisons, and assigned Major Carrington to duty as Pro
the government officers and employees must be sent away, if transportation cannot be had to feed them here as well as the armies.
Another truly fine spring day.
The ominous silence on the Rapidan and Rappahannock continues still.
The two armies seem to be measuring each other's strength before the awful conflict begins.
It is said the enemy are landing large bodies of troops at Yorktown.
Major-Gen. Ransom has been assigned to the command of this department; and Gen. Winder's expectations of promotion are blasted.
Will he resign?
I think not.
The enemy's accounts of the battle on the Red River do not agree with the reports we have.
Neither do the Federal accounts of the storming of Fort Pillow agree with ours.
Another bright and beautiful day; and vegetation is springing with great rapidity.
But nearly all my potatoes, corn, egg-plants, and tomatoes seem to have been killed by the frosts of March.
I am replanting corn, lima beans,
s and men on furlough to meet in Capitol Square for temporary organization.
This may involve some etiquette, or question of jurisdiction between the generals.
Gen. Winder is utterly ignored.
I have just heard that the Departmental Battalion has been marched across Mayo's Bridge to the fortifications of Manchester, on the southangs fire, but to be of greater magnitude when it does occur.
Gen. Bragg did a good thing yesterday, even while Senator Orr was denouncing him. He relieved Gen. Winder from duty here, and assigned him to Goldsborough, N. C. Now if the rogues and cut-throats he persisted in having about him be likewise dismissed, the Republic i the Secretary fell ill yesterday, but to-day he is well again.
Nevertheless, the Senate voted Gen. B. the salary, etc. allowed a general in the field.
And Gen. Winder has been treated as cavalierly as he treated me. Retribution is sure.
The city is excited with rumors.
One is that Beauregard, when about to engage the ene
ght, as Custis staggered (with debility) upon the pickets at the fortifications of the city, not having a passport, he was refused permission to proceed.
He then lay down to rest, when one of the pickets remarked to him that he was not smart, or he would flank them.
Custis sprang up and thanked him for the hint, and proceeded to put it in practice.
The Examiner to-day says that Col. Dahlgren, a month before his death, was in Richmond, under an assumed name, with a passport signed by Gen. Winder, to go whithersoever he would.
I think this probable.
At 3 P. M. the wires cease to work between here and Petersburg, and there are many rumors.
But from the direction of the wind, we cannot hear any firing.
Clear and pleasant.
A dispatch from Beauregard states that two assaults of the enemy yesterday, at Petersburg, were repulsed with loss; and it is reported that he recovered all lost ground to-day.
Yet Beauregard has an enemy in his rear as well as in his front
, and in such an exigency as this!
I know Judge Campbell, Assistant Secretary of War, more than a year ago, attempted to interpose grave constitutional obstacles; but surely he can hardly have had the temerity to thwart the President's wishes, so plainly expressed.
Nevertheless, the delay has been caused by some one; and Col. S. has apprehensions that some wheel within a wheel will even now embarrass or defeat the effective execution of the order.
Brig.-Gen. Gardner, successor of Brig.-Gen. Winder, has not yet assumed supervision of the passport business, and it remains in the hands of Judge Campbell and Provost Marshal Carrington.
Very many persons are going to the United States via the Potomac.
Hot and dry.
A dispatch from Gen. Lee (will be published on Monday) says Gen. Beauregard reports the number of prisoners taken from Wilson's south side raiding party about 1000, besides the killed and wounded, and several hundred negroes recaptured, 13 guns, many small
ranks the weak and diseased who are poor and friendless.
A white frost; first frost of the season.
All quiet below.
Gen. W. M. Gardner (in Gen. Winder's place) reports that of the exempts and citizens taken from the streets to the front, last week, a majority have deserted This proves that even a despotic milif all the prisons containing Federal captives.
Gen. Lovell, too, is a Northern man.
Clear and frosty.
Gen. W. M. Gardner (in Gen. Winder's place here) has just got from Judge Campbell passports for his cousin, Mary E. Gardner, and for his brother-in-law F. M. White, to go to Memphis, Tenn, where r, has not been destroyed by the enemy.
That's fortunate, for other places have been utterly ruined.
Investigations going on in the courts show that during Gen. Winder's Reign of terror, passports sold for $2000. Some outside party negotiated the business and procured the passport.
Gen. Early has issued an address to his a
the conscripts there have hid themselves in White Oak Swamp, because the Secretary of War has exempted an able-bodied man to work for Mrs.----, his — widow.
Gen. Winder, with the prisoners in the South, is in hot water again.
He wants to make Cashmyer suttler (like ancient Pistol), and Major--, the Secretary's agent, opposes ie's colleague.
Mr. Foote would not receive it; and Mr. S. took offense and assaulted Mr. F. in his own house, when Mrs. F. interposed and beat Mr. S. away.
Gen. Winder has been appointed, by Gen. Cooper, commander of all prisons east of the Mississippi.
Gen. Winder has been made Commissary-General of all prisons and prisonGen. Winder has been made Commissary-General of all prisons and prisoners of war. The Bureau of Conscription is yet sustained in power.
All this is done by Gen. Cooper,--unwise, probably fatal measures!
Clear and frosty.
Ice half an inch thick this morning.
All quiet below.
Col. St. John, Niter and Mining Bureau, required 13,000 men to furnish ammunition, etc.