orders issued by the War Department, but it was a great presumption of any officer in that department to assume to indorse on any paper that it was by his special order, and that, too, by command of the Secretary of War, the usual form.
Hot and dry until 4 P. M. Gust, and 15 minutes rain.
Good for turnips.
Forts Gaines and Powell are lost — the latter blown up. Gen. Maury telegraphs for infantry, has some 4000 men for the defense of Mobile, etc.
Our raiders, under McCausland and Bradley Johnson, it is said were surprised and defeated last Sunday, with loss of 400 men, 500 horses, and 4 pieces of artillery.
A rumor prevails that Early has gained another victory near Winchester.
No news yet from our agent sent to North Carolina to purchase supplies, but we learn flour and bacon are not held one quarter as high there as here.
I do sincerely hope Grant's raiders will keep quiet until I can get something to eat!
Hot and dry.
Virginia triumphs over the assaults of Grant, all will go well.
Bright and hot. At 4 P. M. a cloud rising.
Fear my wife, and daughter Fannie, and Custis (who has a days' furlough), who went this morning per Fredericksburg Railroad into Hanover County to gather blackberries, will be caught in a rain.
Nevertheless,id, 5000 to 8000.
It is now, 5 P. M., raining gently, thank Heaven!
To-day we had a distribution of meats, etc. brought from North Carolina by our agent.
Custis and I invested $200: we have received 26 pounds bacon and 24 smoked herrings — worth here about $200. Half the money remains in the agent's hands, for which we exattling against the window-shutters.
This morning I perceived where the ball struck, a few inches below the window-sill of the chamber on the second floor, where Custis and Tom were lying.
Some one, I suppose, had heedlessly fired his gun, after returning from the fortifications.
Well, the papers to-day fall below the offici