June 30, 1861
Letter from Richmond
[By Special Express]
Tuesday, June 25
Register and Advertiser:
days ago the forces under Gen. Beauregard, I am informed by another of the
Virginia Volunteers, whose operations have been in close proximity to
Alexandria, amounted to twenty-five thousand well disciplined and enthusiastic
men, and additional regiments, amounting to two thousand each day, were pouring
had advanced a portion of his command to within three miles of Alexandria, and recaptured a place called
cloud’s Mill, together with twelve hundred barrels of flour which had been
seized by the enemy for conversion to their use.
Alexandria, whither the
Confederate forces seem tending, will not be attacked by them. It is a place of no strategic consequence,
small in population and importance, and if assaulted and retaken by our forces
could only be held with great difficulty and at an enormous sacrifice of
life. Lying immediately on the Potomac, with streets of great width traversing it in
perpendicular lines from the water, any contemptible steamship could take a
position near enough to rake each thoroughfare with a fire no less murderous to
a garrison of soldiers than destructive to buildings and property.
anticipation of an attack from Beauregard has caused the Lincoln Government to
assemble in the harbor and alongside the town, a number of formidable war
vessels to act as the result of the threatened attack and the conflict may
Marshall Hotel, whose heroic proprietor, Jackson,
shot the young military God Ellsworth, for the larceny of his flag, has been
taken possession of by the “Blacks” who use it for quartering a large number of
the soldiers. Two thousand dollars of
the contribution fund raised for the wife and children of the hero, have been
invested in Government bonds. A safe and
advantageous outlay. The extensive and
fearful killing of their sentinels at and near Alexandria encampment by
Confederate Scouts has so completely demoralized and broken them down with fear
that the picket guards who are detailed each evening bid farewell to their
friends and wring each other’s hands at parting as if it were their last
earthly interview. This was communicated
to me by an officer from the very “seat of war” who obtained it from well
informed deserters to our army, and it certainly has for its foundation the fact that large numbers of their
out-guards have been picked off by bands who style themselves the “Avengers of
Jackson,” and who have been hovering with fatal effect near to the enemy’s
is stated, upon semi-official authority, that the number of Confederate troops
offered the Government is very little, if any, below three hundred
thousand. My attention has been recently
called to the especial demand for, as well as scarcity of, bayonets.
who come here to procure arms for their commands, beg and implore the
Government to be provided with bayonets.
Since the panic occasioned the Yankee invaders by these instruments at
the Battle of “Bethel,” they have grown
to be as favorite a weapon with our soldiers as they are with the French; and
hereafter, close quarters and cold steel will constitute the rallying cries of
our brave forces.
is proclaimed here, with an air of authority by those who are presumed to have
some knowledge of the movements and anticipations
of our military leaders, that a naval demonstration will be made against
before perhaps the lapse of a week.
first named, and most important of the places, Norfolk, I have just been
informed by an officer of much practical sense, who has had in charge the
construction of many of her most important fortifications, is perfectly
impregnable to all the United States shipping that can be sent against her.
shore on both sides of the city for miles is lined with destructive batteries,
and thousands of loop-holes for musketry have been made in her extensive harbor
fortifications, in addition to the heavy artillery with which they are mounted.
1900 cannon which were captured from her Navy Yard have been distributed
throughout the Confederate States, and will soon be welcoming the invaders in
deadly tones to felon’s and outlaw’s graves.