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special from Sewell's Point. Gen. Huger arrived yesterday. He relieves Gen. Gwynn, who will be stationed elsewhere. Col. H. was for some time stationed at Fort Monroe, and, by his official conduct, has endeared to him many friends. He is a skillful officer, and a gentleman of the true type. In the many positions he has filled, many will recognize the signal discharge of his official duties. We greet him here with warm hearts and generous hands. The ladies hereabouts, among other things, are engaged in making cartridges for the soldiers. They turn out thousands of these death missiles per day, besides attending to other duties. Truly do they deserve our unbounded praise. The practicing of guns from the Hospital battery in Portsmouth, took place yesterday. It was truly a grand sight to witness the immense streams of water ejected, as the balls would strike and skip beautifully on the surface. The firing was witnessed by both ladies and gentleman. Luna.
Flag Presentation. --A Portsmouth correspondent furnishes the subjoined account of a ceremony which has been already noticed in our columns: On Wednesday afternoon. I found myself, in company with a large crowd, assembled at Camp Grice, a military post about three miles from the city, on the occasion of the presentation of a beautiful State flag to the Old Dominion Guards by the fair ones of Portsmouth. On arriving at the camp, I was particularly struck with the peculiar neatness with which it is kept, and with the good order which prevailed universally among the members of the company. At the appointed hour, the flag was presented to the Guards, in behalf of the ladies, by Miss Virginia P. Handy, daughter of the Rev. Dr. Handy, of this place, and was received, in a very patriotic manner, by Private J. F. Crocker, one of our most respectable lawyers. After this, Capt. Kearns made a few earnest remarks to his company, full of noble, patriotic sentiments. After an exc
To correspondents. --We received, yesterday, letters from various correspondents in Norfolk and Portsmouth, which are omitted because their contents had been anticipated.--We must say again that we desire correspondents to confine themselves strictly to current news. If we were to publish entire every communication received at this office, we should have no space left, and consequently the editors would have nothing to do. We hope, therefore, that our letter-writing friends (from whom we are always happy to hear,) will not feel aggrieved at the omission of matters which properly pertain to the editorial department.
rfolk as effective and belligerent. The Keystone was sent from Washington to bring a number of women and children from Portsmouth, who had asked for some means of conveyance to the North. On arriving alongside the Minnesota, on Saturday last, a tugchildren, and two men, were sent off from the city to the Keystone State. They report a fearful state of things in Portsmouth, that city being held in complete subjection by a mob of Georgia soldiers. Women dared not walk the streets after sun men in their beastialities by his own conduct. The refugees state that there are hundreds of staunch Union men in Portsmouth, whose daily prayer is, that the secession bands may be driven from their midst. These men are kept in subjection and the Georgia soldiers, who occupy the Navy-Yard and adjacent fields. It is believed that, were it not for the soldiers, Portsmouth would give a fair majority for the Union. The Navy-Yard has been pretty thoroughly repaired, and many heavy guns h