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cumstances which caused the destruction of the C. S. steamer "Virginia," and her movements a few days previous to that event, I begin with your telegraphic dispatches to me of the 4th and 5th insts, directing me to take such a position in the James river as would entirely prevent the enemy's descending it. General Huger, commanding at Norfolk, on learning that I had received this order, called on me and declared that its execution would oblige him to abandon immediately his forts on "Crad him that, as the order was imperative, I must execute it, but suggested that he should telegraph you and state the consequences. He did so, and, on the 6th inst., you telegraphed me to endeavor to afford protection to Norfolk as well as the James river, which replaced me in my original position. I then arranged with the General that he should notify me when his preparations for the evacuation of Norfolk were sufficiently advanced to enable me to act independently. On the 7th instant Co
ening, and lodged in jail.--There are thirteen of them, two of whom are represented as desperate characters. They will be sent to Richmond. Operations on James river. The Petersburg Express, of yesterday, says: The Monitor, at last accounts, was off City Point, near the month of the Appomattox river — a position wh to see it multiplied by one thousand. It was reported yesterday that the Yankees had landed in large numbers at Smithfield. The nearness of Smithfield to James river offers facilities for the landing of the enemy which we could not prevent. It is stated that they have also appeared at Chuckatuck, Nassemond county, in large ications point very plainly to an attempted junction of the forces under Burnside and McClellan, and then a grand movement towards Richmond on the south side of James river. The Express also makes the following allusion to a rumor which prevailed to some extent in Richmond on Saturday last: We understand that a most ter