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The Daily Dispatch: August 9, 1864., [Electronic resource] 3 1 Browse Search
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en in command of this district. One more event of interest, and I have done. In the year 1856, the city of Norfolk was the scene of a serious and fatal epidemic that has been appropriately denominated "the great pestilence in Virginia." The yellow fever swept through the town until it was more than decimated. The tale of horrors that terrible disease unfolded, beggars the power of words to describe. It has, however, been made the subject of an interesting book from the pen of Mr. William S. Forrest, entitled, "The Great Pestilence in Virginia." Norfolk is now a city of much importance, it is situated upon the Elizabeth river, as it widens out to the sea, eight miles from Hampton Roads, and thirty-five from the ocean. It has somewhere in the vicinity of fifteen thousand inhabitants, exclusive of the soldiers stationed near. The harbor is large, safe, easy of access, and defended by Craney Island, Sewell's Point, Fort Calhoun, and Fort Monroe. I turn from the la
g delivered an address last evening on "Peace and Reconciliation," at Cooper Institute, to a very small audience, including a sprinkling of ladies, and boys. The address consisted mainly of vituperation and personal abuse of the soldiers of the North fighting for the Union, characterizing the war as illegal, unjust and disgraceful. The South was held up as a much-abused people, and as certain to secure their independence. In his coarser and more unfeeling allusions to the North he was loudly applauded, and we must hope that only a certain class of our people were represented. Important military movements are being made by General Washburne in the Southwest. It is ascertained that our loss at the battle of Tupelo was one hundred killed and five hundred wounded. The rebel General Forrest is said to have died at Columbus, Mississippi, from lockjaw. Advices from Arkansas report that the rebel General Shelby is near Jacksonport, with three thousand or four thousand rebels.
Correction. --We were in error yesterday in stating that the lady who committed suicide on Saturday last was a daughter of Mr. William S. Forrest, formerly of Norfolk.