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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