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J. B. Jones, A Rebel War Clerk's Diary, chapter 47 (search)
r gloomy faces; and this is a gloomy day-raining incessantly. A blue day — a miserable day! The city council put up the price of gas yesterday to $50 per 1000 feet. January 11 Clear and pleasant. Cannon heard down the river. Mr. E. A. Pollard, taken by the Federals in an attempt to run the blockade last spring, has returned, and reports that Gen. Butler has been relieved of his command-probably for his failure to capture Wilriington. Mr. Pollard says that during his captivity hMr. Pollard says that during his captivity he was permitted, on parole, to visit the Northern cities, and he thinks the Northern conscription will ruin the war party. But, alas I the lax policy inaugurated by Mr. Benjamin, and continued by every succeeding Secretary of War, enables the enemy to obtain information of all our troubles and all our vulnerable points. The United States can get recruits under the conviction that there will be little or no more fighting. Some $40,000 worth of provisions, belonging to speculators, but m