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ve blackened their characters, while it would have been a wanton act of vandalism, perfectly consistent with the plan of war they avowed and have prosecuted. Hampton burned by our own people, however, may be well accepted by the enemy as an evidence of the readiness of Southern men to sacrifice property, to reduce to ashes venc sacrifice of all they possess of earthly treasure, as they are to peril their lives in the cause of their liberty and independence. But the men that burned Hampton are capable of the heroism of repelling our invaders with the odds of three to one, as at Bethel, and to avoid the necessity of laying waste before them, as at Hampton — that town being commanded by that powerful fortress, built for the protection of Virginia, and which ought now to be in her possession. Hampton was burned to prevent its occupation in the winter by the enemy. Its citizens acquiesce cheerfully in its destruction with this object. Some of them, who were present themsel
ed; one of our soldiers a Virginian) was slightly wounded in the face. The General went to within a milch and a half of Hampton and halted. At night large fires were built at this point, and the General withdrew to within three miles of Hampton. Hampton. After midnight, finding that the enemy made no demonstration whatever, he dispatched some two or three regiments of infantry and a troop of cavalry to Hampton, with instructions to burn it down. This force entered the town, found it unoccupied exceHampton, with instructions to burn it down. This force entered the town, found it unoccupied except by one or two persons, and, at about 3 o'clock, set the place on fire. At half-past 3 the whole town was in a blaze, and by morning was reduced to ashes. On Thursday General Magruder returned to Bethel. The burning of Hampton, we learnmmenced, was to be thrown up for its defence. Under this representation, as painful as it was to reduce such a place as Hampton to ruins, every one readily acquiesced, and three gentlemen, owners of houses there, joined the expedition, and with ala
of war movements for what they are worth. From Fortress Monroe. The Black Republican correspondent of the Northern Associated Press communicates the following: Fortress Monroe, Aug. 6.--General Butler returned to Old Point this morning. Nothing has yet transpired as to his remaining here, but it is understood that the Federal army at Fortress Monroe is to be greatly increased. The General has spent the afternoon at Newport News, experimenting with Hotchkiss shells. Hampton will be reoccupied on the arrival of the first regiment from the North. [We think that is somewhat doubtful.] Lieut. Crosby, who conducted the successful expedition to Accomac and Northampton, on the Eastern Shore, will leave Old Point in the morning with an effective force for a similar purpose. The sailing frigate Savannah is being towed up the Roads, and will proceed to Newport News to relieve the Dale, now ordered to sea. The crew of the bark Linwood, of New York, thirte
The burning of Hampton.Gen. Magruder's movements. [special Dispatch to the Richmond Dispatch.] Great Bethel,Va., August 10 --Hampton was burnt last Wednesday night by our forces under Gen. Magruder. Every house, including the Colonial Church, (the oldest on the continent,) was destroyed. The Federal pickets in the town were driven out by the Virginia Cavalry and Infantry, and five of them were killed. One of our men is slightly wounded in the cheek. The torch was applied by Virginians and citizens of Hampton. All the property, except that previously removed, was destroyed. For three days Gen. Magruder offered battle in front of Newport News, showing himself plainly; but the enemy refused to come out, though twice our numbers. Our camp was within two miles of the enemy's entrenchments, and in sight of his ships, where we could have been shelled. Not the slightest demonstration was made, however. There was little use in our attacking the entrenchments, from the