Thursday [ 7 November 1861]
General Scott has retired from active service because of his age and infirmities. He says Lincoln and his Cabinet called upon the old humbug to express their regret and thank him for his services to his country and his adherence to the Union. The old crocodile was effected to tears and whished that he was able to assist in crushing the rebellion. And he is a Virginian.
Gen’ McClelland is their commander in chief now.
Commodore Tatnall has engaged the enemy off Port Royal Entrance.