attle near Chancellorville, the battle-ground of June last.
Meade is certainly advancing, and Pickett's division, on the south side of the James River, at Chaffin's Farm, is ordered to march toward Lee, guarding the railroad, and the local defense men are ordered out.
My son Custis goes with his battalion to Chaffin's Farm in the morning.
There are rumors of six or eight thousand of the enemy marching up the line of the James River against Petersburg, etc. We have also a rumor of Gen. Rosser having captured the wagon train of two divisions of the enemy in Culpepper County.
From Bragg not a word since his dispatch from Ringgold, Ga., and nothing from Longstreet.
Gen. Whiting writes that a large number of Jews and others with gold, having put in substitutes, and made their fortunes, are applying for passage out of the country.
They fear their substitutes will no longer keep them out of the army.
Gen. W. says they have passports from Richmond, and that the spy who publ
Ah! but the Secretaries had pets and relatives of fighting age they must provide for; and these, although not dependent on their salaries, will get the increased compensation, and will also be exempted from aiding in the defense of the city-at least such has been the practice heretofore.
These things being known to the proscribed local troops (clerks, etc.), I repeat my doubts of their reliability at any critical moment.
We have good news from the Rappahannock.
It is said Gen. Rosser yesterday captured several hundred prisoners, 1200 beeves, 350 mules, wagons of stores, etc. etc.
Nevertheless, there is some uneasiness felt in the city, there being nearly 12,000 prisoners here, and all the veteran troops of Gen. Elzey's division are being sent to North Carolina.
The air is filled with rumors-none reliable.
It is said Gen. Lee is much provoked at the alarm and excite.
ment in the city, which thwarted a plan of his to capture the enemy on the Pe
my moved to oppose him-Ewell by the old turnpike, and Hill by the plank-road.
They arrived this morning in close proximity to the enemy's line of march.
A strong attack was made upon Ewell, who repulsed it, capturing many prisoners and four pieces of artillery.
The enemy subsequently concentrated upon Gen. Hill, who. with Heth's and Wilcox's divisions, successfully resisted repeated and desperate assaults.
A large force of cavalry and artillery on our right was driven back by Rosser's brigade.
By the blessing of God, we maintained our position against every effort until night, when the contest closed.
We have to mourn the loss of many brave officers and men. The gallant Brig.-Gen. J. M. Jones was killed, and Brig.-Gen. Stafford, I fear, mortally wounded, while leading his command with conspicuous valor.
(Signed) R. E. Lee.
A dispatch from Gen. Lee this morning says Hill's corps was thrown into confusions yesterday by an attack of the enemy when some of t
ntroduced a resolution in Congress, calling for a convention of the States-or appointment of commissioners from the States.
Voted down by a large majority.
Gen. Rosser (two brigades) made a descent, a few days ago, on the Battimore and Ohio Railroad, capturing some nine guns altogether, including four siege, which he spiked.
aders are mad, and will be destroyed, if they persist in this policy.
Raining, and warm.
It is said several hundred of the prisoners taken by Rosser in the Valley escaped, on the way to Richmond.
A relaxation of vigilance always follows success.
How long can this war last?
Hon. Mr. Staples procured four Custer, coming up the valley, and two divisions, under Gen. Torbert, moving through Chester Gap, with four pieces of artillery and thirty wagons.
On the 22d, Rosser attacked Custer's division, nine miles from Harrisonburg, and drove it back, capturing forty prisoners.
This morning, Torbert attacked Lomax near Gordonsville
Lamar has applied to take the oath of allegiance, to save his cotton and other property.
The Examiner to-day has another article calling for a convention to abolish the Constitution and remove President Davis.
Mr. Seward, United States Secretary of State, escorted Mrs. Foote to her hotel, upon her arrival in Washington.
The following official telegram was received at the War Department last night:
headquarters, January 15th, 1865. Hon. J. A. Seddon.
Gen. Early reports that Gen. Rosser, at the head of three hundred men, surprised and captured the garrison at Beverly, Randolph County, on the 11th instant, killing and wounding a considerable number and taking five hundred and eighty prisoners. His loss slight.
R. E. Lee.
Cloudy and cool.
Cannon heard down the river.
No war news.
But blockade-running at Wilmington has ceased; and common calico, now at $25 per yard, will soon be $50.
The stupor in official circles continues, and seems likely
ess-and directing Gov. Vance to correspond with the Secretary of War on the subject.
This bears an ugly aspect.
Gen. Early's little army is scattered to the winds.
Charlottesville has been in possession of the enemy, but at last accounts Gen. Rosser, in Sheridan's rear, held it. Sheridan advanced to Scottsville; and is no doubt still advancing.
Lynchburg is rendered unsafe; and yet some of the bureaus are packing up and preparing to send the archives thither.
They would probably fall ind Sherman, on the subject of retaliatory executions, it is mentioned by the former that the City of Columbia, S. C. was burned by the latter.
Dispatches this morning inform us of some little successes-Hampton over Kilpatrick in the South, and Rosser over a body of the enemy at Harrisonburg, in the North.
Some 1500 prisoners, paroled, arrived this morning-making some 10,000 in the last fortnight.
I fear there will soon be a great scarcity of arms, when the negroes are drilled, etc.