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an interesting book from the pen of Mr. William S. Forrest, entitled, "The Great Pestilence in Virginia." Norfolk is now a city of much importance, it is situated upon the Elizabeth river, as it widens out to the sea, eight miles from Hampton Roads, and thirty-five from the ocean. It has somewhere in the vicinity of fifteen thousand inhabitants, exclusive of the soldiers stationed near. The harbor is large, safe, easy of access, and defended by Craney Island, Sewell's Point, Fort Calhoun, and Fort Monroe. I turn from the last words of this slight historical sketch to light a cigar, and listen to the rain beat against the window. All day long it has been wet and stormy, but with an occasional hour of fair weather.--One cannot always tramp for news, and stand at the street corners to catch the items of gossip which float on the current of public talk, and on such days, how better could "your own" employ himself than in reading up in the old time records of the town in
after wards dug up by that gentleman and brought to this city yesterday. Corporal Larke informs us that fifty-three of these shells were thrown at himself and party, but that a number of them did not explode. The one he recovered buried itself some five feet in the earth, and on taking it out he removed the small brass cover and took off the cap, which was thought to be defective. One of the shells struck a gum tree and took it off clear. They were fired through the port holes of Fort Calhoun, and not from the same point as those they have heretofore favored us with We suppose that the Yankees will not thank us for it, but a decent regard for truth compels us to add that nobody was hurt — not even a rooster. By the way, an allusion to roosters reminds us of a correction we have to make. It will be remembered that in our account of the shells thrown some time since at Sewell's Point, we stated that no further damage was done than the killing of an old rooster. A gentlem
ynnhaven beach at an early hour on Saturday morning, the weather being very foggy at the time. The Captain and crew saved their baggage and some stores, set the vessel on fire, to prevent her from falling into the hands of the Federal forces, and then got ashore in a boat.--They have arrived here. Yesterday and this morning the sound of heavy artillery discharges were distinctly heard here. The Yankees have probably been again trying the capacity of their big guns at Forts Monroe and Calhoun. Yesterday was a beautiful morning for the nuptials of Lieutenant Wm. R. Morgan, of the C. S. ship States, and Miss Mattis, daughter of Burwell B. Moseley, Esq., our esteemed fellow-citizen, who were made one of twain, in Christ Church, by the Reverend Mr. Rodman, Our friend Perry, representative of the New Orleans Picayune, was one of the groomsmen. The happy pair left yesterday morning by the Norfolk and Petersburg Railroad, for the interior of Virginia. It is rumored that on his r