the President had appointed Col. Bledsoe to act as Secretary of War during the absence of Mr. Walker.
The major retired from the office immediately, relinquishing his post with grace.
The Secretary was back again this evening.
He could not procure comfortable quarters in the country.
He seemed vexed, but from what cause, I did not learn.
The colonel, however, had rushed the appointments. He was determined to be quick, because Mr. W. was known to be slow and hesitating.
The news is not so good to-day.
Gen. Garnett's small command has been defeated by the superior numbers of Gen. McClellan.
But the general himself was killed, fighting in the rear of his retreating men. His example will not be without its effect.
Our generals will resolve never to survive a defeat.
This will embolden the enemy to attack us at Manassas, where their suddenly acquired confidence will be snuffed out, or I am mistaken.
The major is sick again, and Jacques is
ut we fired too high in the dark, and did but little execution.
Our shells fell beyond the enemy's camp on the opposite side of the river.
We lost a few men, by accident, mostly.
But hereafter in each bush they fear an officer.
Gen. Lee is hurrying up reinforcements from the South, old regiments and conscripts, and pays very little attention to McClellan on the Peninsula, knowing no further enterprises will be attempted by the enemy in that quarter for some time to come.
The people are too jubilant, I fear, over our recent successes near the city.
A great many skulkers from the army are seen daily in the streets, and it is said there are 3000 men here subject to conscript duty, who have not been enrolled.
The business of purchasing substitutes is prevailing alarmingly.
To-day several ladies applied in person to the Secretary of War for passports to Norfolk and Baltimore, and he sent me written orders to grant them.
They next applied to G
med the enemy that we had no troops at Goldsborough and Weldon, and hence the raid.
And, after all, he says the enemy were not more numerous than our forces in the recent dash at Richmond.
He says it was no feint, but a faint.
To-day an order was issued for the local troops to deliver up their ammunition.
What does that mean?
And to-day the President calls for the second class of conscripts, all between eighteen and forty-five years of age. So our reserves must take the field!
At last we have the authentic announcement that Gen. Lee has recrossed the Potomac!
Thus the armies of the Confederate States are recoiling at all points, and a settled gloom is apparent on many weak faces.
The fall of Charleston is anticipated.
Subjugation is not apprehended by the government; for, if driven to an interior line of defense, the war may be prolonged indefinitely, or at least until the United States becomes embroiled with some European power.
Meantime we are in a ha
at date, it appears, contains nothing of the kind, or else the account has been suppressed, to subserve some military purpose.
But our people bear the disappointment well, not doubting but success will ultimately come.
There is a rumor that we sank two of the enemy's transports today in James River.
An immense mass of letters, etc.--175 bags--has just come in; the first mail matter that has arrived from beyond the breaks in the Danville Railroad, perpetrated by Wilson's raiders.
Dry — the sky bright and brassy — the gardens almost ruined.
Last evening definite news came in the Washington Chronicle of the 14th. Gen. Early was recrossing the Potomac with an immense amount of stores levied in the enemy's country, including thousands of horses, etc. This, the Chronicle thinks, will be beneficial to the United States, as recruiting will be stimulated, to punish us for making prize of provisions, etc. in the enemy's country, after the enemy had despoiled us of eve