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J. B. Jones, A Rebel War Clerk's Diary, chapter 42 (search)
for some purpose, perhaps. It is rumored that Gen. Hampton captured 4000 men last night or this morning; but I doubt. Without that, the week's work is good-Grant losing from 10,000 to 15,000 men. A few more weeks, at that rate, will consume his army, and then---peace? Gen. Bragg complains, in a letter to the Secretary of War, that the orders of the department, and of the Adjutant-General, are not furnished him, which must diminish, if persisted in, his usefulness in the important position to which the President has called him. They, are all inimical to Bragg-all but the President, who is bound in honor to sustain him. The price of flour has fallen again; Lee's victory frightening the dealers. Robert Hill, commission merchant, Bank Street, gave me two pounds of coffee to-day when I told him of Lee's dispatch. It was accepted, of course, and is worth some $20 per pound. Guns are heard down the river again this evening, and all are wondering what Lee is doing now.