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From Norfolk. another flag of truce — Affairs in Hampton roads — direct foreign trade — internal improvements [special Correspondence of the Dispatch.] Norfolk, Sept.11 The steamer Arrow, with a flag of truce, proceeded to Old Point yesterday carrying down the captain, mate, and seven of the crew of the ship John Carver, recently captured by the privateer Jeff. Davis, and burns at sea. The remainder of the crew of the J. C. have been shipped in the Confederate service. There are at anchor in Hampton Boards the frigates Minnesota, Wabash and Potomac, one corvette and several gun-boats. The hotels here continue to be well patronized. There is considerable travel on the railroads terminating here. Occasionally some troops come in, too, from States a little further South. In some of the Southern seaport cities active measures have been taken, and arrangements are in progress, relative to the establishment of direct foreign trades as soon as the blockad<
The Daily Dispatch: September 19, 1861., [Electronic resource], Retreat of the first Georgia Regiment from Carrick's Ford — a Thrilling Narrative. (search)
nother illustration of the happy influence of excitement upon the heath occurred some years ago during the prevalence of yellow fever in Havana. It was rumored that an enemy's fleet was approaching, and in this new and exciting occupation of the public mind the people forgot to be sick, and for some days there was not a single case of the epidemic. In all wars, even when conducted under the most favorable circumstances, the losses from sickness are much greater than those of battles. If it were proposed to storm Old Point or Arlington Heights, we should naturally shudder at the loss of life which would be the consequence, and yet, a camp life of inaction will kill more men than all the enemy's cannon could destroy if they played upon our columns for twenty-four hours. We have no earthly doubt that a Southern army could march upon Philadelphia and capture that city with less loss of life than it, or any other army, would suffer from sickness by remaining the same time in camp.