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most important object of this seizure will, however, be the threatening of Norfolk, and, if it is thought advisable to follow up the advantage, the thinking of the rebel army at Norfolk. A movement securing Pamilco and albemarle Sounds, and thus commanding, the great Albemarle and Chesapeake Capal and the Dismal Swamp Canal, would command the adjunct canal known as the Jericho Canal, connecting, through Lake Drummond, with an important railroad junction at a town called Suffolk, on the Nansemond river, where the main railroad route from Norfolk branches into what are called the Norfolk and Petersburg Railroad and the Seaboard and Roanoke Railroad, thus completely cutting off all connection by rail or water between Norfolk and its surrounding country and the other parts of the rebel regions. The strategic importance of such a movement, if successfully made, will form one of the most important features of the war. The island is a position which is valuable to us, commanding, as it doe
A correspondent of the Petersburg Express writes as follows: I had an interview with the Mayor of Edenton late yesterday afternoon, who left Edenton early yesterday morning. As has been reported, not a Yankee soldier remained in Edenton, and not a gunboat could be seen on Albemarle Sound. He thinks the enemy have gone round toward Washington on Newbern, but in this opinion. I do not coincide. A large fleet is reported in Hampton Roads, and the next move will probably be on the Nansemond river or in the vicinity of Smithfield. This has already been fore shadowed in the correspondence of the New York Herald from Fortress Monroe. Mayor Hall informed me that he was at Edenton at the landing of the Federals, and met the gunboats at the wharf. In answer to his inquiry as to the course they intended to pursue, he was told that private citizens and private property would be respected, but armed men, commissary stores and arms of every kind, would be seized. When they commenc
the evacuation of Columbus. Fourteen steamers are at the wharf. A General and reinforcements had arrived from the South. Four French war steamers are in Hampton Roads. Two more regiments arrived at Newport News on the 21st instant. It is reported that exchanges of prisoners will be made according to the plan adopted by the United States and Great Britain during the war of 1812. It is rumored that an attempt will shortly be made by the Federal gunboats to go up the Nansemond river to suffolk. Hon. Howell Cobb and Gen. Wool had a long interview to-day, on board the steamer West Point, while in Hampton Roads, under a flag of truce. A large quantity of arms are expected soon at Newport News. The Federal House of Representatives acted on the Senate's amendments to the Treasury note bill on Thursday. The amount has not been reduced, and the legal tender clause remains in full force, and also the clause providing that the interest shall be paid in coin.
ilding used as a hospital in Elizabeth City. It will be seen by telegraphic dispatches from this place that large reinforcements are to be sent to Gen. Burnside, which will probably give him an army of, perhaps, 40,000 men. Some suppose that an effort will be made soon by the Federal General, at Soaroke, to get up in their country as far as Suffolk, for the purpose of cutting off our supplies. It is said, too, that an effort will be made by the Lincolnites to send a large force up Nansemond river to Suffolk, to meet the army from Roanoke. It is not impossible that they design to attempt to get possession of the railroads, and force their way up into the country towards this city of Richmond. And it is very doubtful that they will succeed. It is certain, however, that they will not be allowed to do so without a proper effort to drive them back to their wooden walls. The Yankees say they are determined to retake the Navy-Yard, and they have a special and venomous spite aga
, are returning to their homes. There is no doubt but it was laid out in the programme of the Burnside expedition to attack Suffolk after the fall of Roanoke Island, and by getting possession of Suffolk and the two railroads at this place, Norfolk might be attacked in the rear, and probably forced to surrender. The plan was to approach Suffolk from the direction of Edenton, Winton or some point on the Chowan, by a land force, while the gunboats at Old Point would attempt to ascend the Nansemond river, at the same time. But while Burnside was maturing his grand scheme, the iron-clad Virginia paid a visit to Hampton Roads, and demolished everything in her way. This made the proposed attempt to ascend the Nansemond with gunboats wholly impracticable, and changed the whole programme of Burnside. He immediately concentrated his fleet at Hatteras and determined to attack Newbern. Thus, it will be seen, that what saved us from conflict here plunged Newbern into ruin. As soon as it
one or two killed. Several companies were sent out to reinforce Lieutenant Williams. The enemy's force is supposed to consist of a company of cavalry and a company of infantry; but it is uncertain, as they were concealed in the bushed and were not seen until the moment our troops were fired upon. It is probable that an engagement will be fought on this river very soon General Peck has been greatly reinforced at Suffolk, and his right flank is effectually covered by gunboats in the Nansemond river. Our outposts beyond Suffolk have been strengthened, and excellent defensive operations are being prosecuted vigorously. The rebels have only eight thousand men on the south side of James river, in Virginia and North Caroline. Fifty thousand men can be sent there in twenty four hours. The suffering at Norfolk — the army and Navy in conflict. The New York Herald, of the 20th, says: Something like a question of jurisdiction has arisen between the naval and army officials
The Daily Dispatch: April 17, 1863., [Electronic resource], Suffolk invested — Rumors about the operations there. (search)
ly invested by our forces at dark on Tuesday evening. Every avenue of ingress and egress was occupied by our troops. The tracks of the Seaboard and Norfolk railroads, in rear of Suffolk, had been torn up; pontoons had been thrown across the Nansemond river; and eligible positions occupied for our heavy guns, in the event of any attack by the enemy's gunboats. It was not known that Gen Longstreet intended to make an effort to carry the enemy's fortifications at Suffolk by direct assault.--Manymarching upon his rear. Our casualties are reported at 34 wounded. It is said that we lost several killed but no deficits number has been mentioned. The courier further reports that we had encountered two of the enemy's gunboats on the Nansemond river, and that one of them was destroyed and the other retreated in a crippled condition.--It is stated by those who have recently been in Suffolk, that the enemy have no fortifications on the Portsmouth side, having never anticipated, any attack
From Suffolk. From this point the reports which reach us are of an important character. These state that the battery of Capt. Sibley, connected with General French's division, was surprised and captured on Sunday night at Keeling's farm, on the Nansemond river. It is also said that 40 of our men were captured at the same line. Passengers by the train from Petersburg last night confirm this report.--During the forenoon of Monday heavy firing was heard in the direction of Suffolk, supposed to result from an engagement between the gunboats of the enemy and our artillery. Gen. Longstreet moved from his headquarters at an early hour on Monday morning.
nes. Deserters say the enemy intend to make an attack this week. Guerillas prowled about our flanks yesterday, killing one man, and cut the telegraph wires, which were soon repaired. Both railroads between Suffolk and Norfolk are in running order and amply guarded by cavalry patrols. No letters are now allowed to be sent forward by flag of truce except to prisoners of war. A dispatch from Washington says that the chief of the rebel General French's staff was captured on the Nansemond river on the 17th by Lieutenant Cushing of the steamer Commodore Barney. The same dispatch says: The steamer Baltimore arrived at the navy yard this morning from Fortress Monroe, bringing further particulars of the affair on the Nansemond. The Mount Washington was towed to Newport News, where she will be repaired. She received two shuts in her boiler, and several struck her engines damaging them considerably. For woodwork is pierced through and through. One of the Minnesota's
From Suffolk. Matters remain pretty much at a stand-still in the vicinity of Suffolk, so far as we have any information. It in reported that the enemy are completely devastating the country within their lines. On Wednesday of last week a detachment of 75 Yankee, with two pieces of artillery, landed on the Nansemond river at Holladay's Point, and burned the residences of Peter Houseman, Thos. Wilkiness, and John T. Pender. They also fired a dwelling on the farm belonging to the estate of the into Albert Shivers, but the flames were extinguished by the ladies on the promises before the house was consumed. Without a moment's notes to the inhabitants, mother party on the same day set fire to a portion of the village of Chuckatuck, in Nansemond county, and destroyed several houses.
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