Following the American Civil War Sesquicentennial with day by day writings of the time, currently 1863.

by John Beauchamp Jones

            FEBRUARY 3D.—The following dispatch indicates the prestige of success for the year 1864, and it is probable it will be followed by a succession of successes, for the administration at Washington will find, this year, constant antagonisms everywhere, in the North as well as in the South, and in the army there will be opposing parties—Republicans and Democrats. On the part of the South, we have experienced the great agony of 1863, and have become so familiar with horrors that we shall fight with a fearful desperation. But the dispatch:

            “Glorious news! The whole Yankee force, about 150, are our prisoners, and their gun-boat ‘ Smith Briggs,’ destroyed.

            “No one hurt on our side. Four Yankees killed and two or three wounded.

            “The prisoners are now at Broad Water. Send down a train for them to-morrow.”

            We learn that this Yankee force was commissioned to destroy a large factory at Smithfield, in Isle of WightCounty. We do not know the size or composition of our command which achieved the results noticed above, but understand that it contained two companies of the Thirty-first North Carolina Regiment.

            Congress has not yet finally acted on the Tax bill, nor on the new Conscription bill.

            The Secretary of War said to-day that he would not allow the increased pay to any of his civil officers who were young and able to bear arms—and this after urging Congress to increase their compensation. It will be very hard on some who are refugees, having families dependent on them. Others, who board, must be forced into the army (the design), for their expenses per month will be some fifty per cent. more than their income.

            The weather is clear but colder.

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