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writer from this place, to the best of his ability, enlightened your readers concerning the few that remained, and of the progress of the "yellow fever." As our people are threatened with another, and a different kind of havoc. I take pleasure in again writing from near the great depot of the "Federal Government." The sameness of the scenery near the Navy Yard has been much broken within the last two or three days; the old rat-possessed, musty and dusty hulks that have lain in the Elizabeth river since — as long as the writer can recollect — with only one man aboard of each, to keep off the poor and illiterate rascals who coveted a little of the copper cankering upon their sides, have been cleaned and upon them guns have been mounted, ammunition stored away in their holds, and — it should be the "feather that breaks the camel's back"--the guns are brought to bear upon the peaceful farmers of Norfolk county, a portion of the sovereign people of the proud old Commonwealth of Virgi<
Railroad Accident. Norfolk, Feb. 12. --Last night an engine and three empty cars ran into the South branch of the Elizabeth river, through the open draw. The engineer was deceived by a signal. No one was seriously hurt.
General Assembly of VirginiaExtra session.]Senate. MondayMarch 4, 1861. Senate called to order at 11 o'clock, Lieut, Gov. Montague in the Chair. Prayer by the Rev. Mr. Moorman of the Methodist Church. Bills Reported.--By Mr. Logan, to amending and re-enacting the 10th section of an act passed January 5, 1803, entitled an act to establish a draw-bridge over the Eastern branch of Elizabeth River, within the county of Norfolk, and for other purposes; by Mr. Paxton, to incorporate the Virginia Canal Company and to transfer the rights and franchises of the Jamas River and Kanawha Company thereto; by Mr. Neal, to incorporate the Silver Run Mining and Manufacturing Company: by Mr. Rives, to amending the 3d section of chapter 7th of the Code; by Mr. Christian, for the relief of Thomas M. Hundley, Commissioner of the Revenue of the county of Matthews. Bill Rejected--Refunding to Abner Anthony, Sr., taxes erroneously paid into the treasury, and to authorize the re-asse
railroads converging there from all parts of the South enables cotton to be placed there, from the remotest corners of the South, several days sooner than by the water navigation of the Gulf.--Two years would, if Virginia becomes a State of the Southern Confederacy, see Norfolk and the Chesapeake cities enjoying the great bulk of the cotton export trade of the American continent. The export trade would bring, also, the import trade of the South into the same waters, and the immense business now monopolized by New York would be transferred to the banks of the Elizabeth and James. For Virginia to remain a part of the Northern Confederacy, is to remain forever in political provincialism and commercial vassalage. To sever that disparaging and baneful connection, is to assert for herself that political and commercial independence which God and Nature designed as her destiny, and to at once prepare herself for wielding the sceptre of commerce in the wealthiest Confederacy on the globe.
The Captures at Old Point. --It appears that the schooner G. M. Smith, reported yesterday as having been seized Wednesday, by order of Flag-officer Pendergrast, had left N. York for Wilmington, N. C., on the 2d April with an assorted cargo, including a lot of gun carriages, for citizens of North Carolina, and put into the Elizabeth River on the 24th, short of provisions, &c. She hoisted a signal of distress and the steam-tug Young America, belonging to Messrs. Baker, started to her relief from Norfolk. A large launch carrying a swivel, was also sent to her from the U. S. ship Cumberland, the flag-ship of Com. Pendergrast, then lying off Hampton bar. A shot was fired across the Young America from the launch, and afterwards one from the Cumberland, which struck the tug on her bow. Both vessels were then captured. The plea of Com. Pendergrast for this unlawful seizure of the private property of citizens of two States (one of which has taken, as yet, no official steps tow
Cape Henlopen and hauled their boat seven miles to the next inland water, proceeded south as far as that would carry them, and then disembarked and dragged the yawl five miles further, until they reached the water between the mainland and the islands which skirt the coast of Maryland and the Eastern shore of Virginia. Down this they made their way to Chincoteague inlet, whence they emerged into the Atlantic and finally landed in Lynhaven, where their boat was carried three miles farther and launched into the Eastern branch of the Elizabeth River.--They arrived here on Friday evening, having suffered occasionally for want of provisions and water. Capt. Rue says that the excitement in New York is calming down, and the enlistments were confined to those who had nothing else before them but starvation. He saw a company of men without coats or shoes who were to be sent South, but the men were more anxious to go where they could get something to eat than to fight.--Norfolk Herald.
hed Philadelphia, and it "amounted to $4,000,000" when it "arrived at Washington in charge of Major Anderson" According to the following it appears that the Yankees think they have caught one of those terrible privateers, though none have been put in commission. Washington, May 8.--Quartermaster's Sergeant Day, of N. Y. Seventy-first Regiment, just from Annapolis, reports that in cruising up and down the Potomac and in the Chesapeake, a Privateer was captured off the mouth of the Chesapeake. She is a schooner fully armed, her name erased, and with a streak of yellow paint over the usual place of the vessel's name, which is intended as a disguise. Two men were taken on board, and the others filed in the schooner's boats. The schooner was taken to Annapolis to-day. The captors were a detachment of the N. Y., 13th. A Government steamer has been sent to restore the light vessels and buoys removed by the Secessionists over two weeks since. On board are some of th
Torpedoes and Submarine batteries. We are happy to be informed that, among the other defences of the Elizabeth and Nansemond rivers, are these admirable contrivances for giving an unexpected hoist to an invading fleet. In one place, we are informed the work is of a character that would damage seriously the largest squadron that ever floated on the waters. It is also said that the same contrivance either have been or are about to be arranged at various places along the coast. The batteries around Norfolk are in tip-top condition, and any demonstration upon that point will be met in a manner that will make the eyes of the next generation of Virginians sparkle with delight when they open that illumined page of her history.
The Daily Dispatch: may 21, 1861., [Electronic resource], Mr. Janney and the Berkeley meeting. (search)
g Secession feeling. The Harriet Lane is anchored just ahead of us. She leaves to-day for Charleston. The Star, late Monticello, is about nine miles above us, off James river. The Pocahontas came in yesterday, and after her Captain paid his respects to the flag officer, she went to sea — destination to us unknown. We are anticipating an attempt on the part of the enemy to fortify Sewell's Point, about three miles above our anchorage. If they do, we shall attack them. They have Elizabeth River too well fortified to authorize us to attempt passage up, without they are attacked in the rear; and there is not force enough at the fort to warrant that yet. Movements of Gen. Butler. Washington, May 18. --Major General Butler will go this afternoon to Annapolis, where he will concentrate the Fifth, Sixth and Eighth regiments of Massachusetts into a brigade. The Boston battery of light artillery will form part of the brigade. Gen. Butler will then go to Fortress Monroe
the first engagement at Sewell's Point, on Saturday last, is from the Washington Republican, (Government organ.) It is about as wide of the mark as were the balls from the Federal steamer, so far as the effect of the assault is concerned : Hampton Roads and their neighborhood are lively with business. Saturday witnessed the actual opening of the war on the part of the United States--the assault upon the battery at Sewell's Point, the exterior of a line of batteries which guard the Elizabeth river, the approach to Norfolk. There are seven batteries now in position, all protected by scientifically constructed works. The heaviest is that at Craney Island, mounting thirty guns. Two batteries farther inland mount twelve and fifteen guns, respectively. The remaining batteries are provided with from seven to ten guns each. These guns are a part of the spoils of the navy-yard at Norfolk, which was destroyed but in small part. They are said to be ordnance of excellent description.
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