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Missouri with marked success, has about 6,500 men. Gen. Prentiss at Cairo commands a division of 6,000 men and two field-batteries. There are beside these forces many regiments organized and actually in the field. The army under the command of Gen. Beauregard at Manassas Junction is estimated at 60,000, but that must include the reserves, and! a portion of the force in the intrenchments along the road to Richmond, in the immediate neighborhood of which there is a corps of 15,000 men. At Norfolk there are 18,000 or 20,000, at Acquia Creek 8,000 to 9,000, and Johnston's corps is estimated at 10,000, swollen by the debris of the defeated column. The railways from the South are open to the Confederates, and they can collect their troops rapidly, so that it is not at all beyond the reach of probability that they can collect 150,000 or 160,000 men in Virginia, if that number is not now actually in the State. In cavalry they have a superiority, but the country is not favorable for th
inance for ratification to a vote of the people, to be taken on a day then somewhat more than a month distant, the Convention and the Legislature, which was also in session at the same time and place, with leading men of the State, not members of either, immediately commenced acting as if the State was already out of the Union. They pushed military preparations vigorously forward all over the State. They seized the United States Armory at Harper's Ferry, and the Navy-Yard at Gosport, near Norfolk. They received, perhaps invited into their State, large bodies of troops, with their warlike appointments, from the so-called seceded States. They formally entered into a treaty of temporary alliance with the so-called Confederate States, and sent members to their Congress at Montgomery, and finally they permitted the insurrectionary Government to be transferred to their capitol at Richmond. The people of Virginia have thus allowed this giant insurrection to make its nest within her bo
ese waters that was manned, I detained her at Norfolk to await events that were gradually developinand two engineers were detailed to proceed to Norfolk for that purpose. Two days after, on the 12tto Commodore Paulding to proceed forthwith to Norfolk, with such officers and marines as could be ourrectionists. But when that officer reached Norfolk, on the evening of Saturday, the 20th, he fou with the force under his command, arrived at Norfolk. This officer, knowing that to sink the ship her removal. This unfortunate calamity at Norfolk not only deprived the Government of several vtraordinary measures. The demonstration at Norfolk was but one of a series of measures that occuigate, two sloops, and one brig were burnt at Norfolk. These vessels carried 172 guns. The other vessels destroyed at Norfolk were considered worthless, and are not included in the list of availab duty, with his flag-ship, the Cumberland, at Norfolk and Hampton Roads, since the 23d of March. H[1 more...]
th, or deadly hostile to, secession, and who will embrace the first opportunity that offers to escape from the secession ranks. It was supposed that at Manassas Gap and Manassas Junction about sixty thousand troops were stationed, at and near Norfolk about twenty thousand, in the vicinity of Richmond about seven thousand; that General Johnson had from fifteen to twenty thousand, exclusive of his recent reenforcement of five thousand; that in the neighborhood of Fairfax Court House there wereoach that city, they would be unable to enter it. Several heavy batteries, mounted with a large number of sixty-eight pounders, have been erected--one in the direction of Acquia Creek, another on James River, another out by Howard Grove, towards Norfolk; and the best pass towards the city, which is from the northwest, is well guarded, and they believe can be successfully defended against any is force we can muster. Many of the negroes in Richmond are at present idle, on account of the tobacc
Rebellion Record: a Diary of American Events: Documents and Narratives, Volume 2. (ed. Frank Moore), Doc. 168.-the burning of Hampton, Va. August 7-8, 1861. (search)
that the entire number were not burned is no fault of theirs, but attributable to our gallant troops who so completely dispersed them. Mr. Scofield, in getting away, fell in with five little children of a poor man, a resident of Hampton, sitting on the river bank, shivering in their night clothes, their mother being with them. She asked him if he had seen any thing of her husband, who had returned for some clothing. It was a pitiful sight to behold. An English captain, arriving from Norfolk under a flag of truce, reports that among the rebels there the story was told that Hampton was fired by the troops of General Butler.--Baltimore American, Aug. 12 N. Y. Tribune narrative. Fortress Monroe, old point comfort, August 8, 1861. Another and a fearful scene has been enacted in the drama of Rebellion. Last night the village of Hampton was laid in ashes by the rebels. Mr. Mahew, formerly of Bath, Maine, who went to Georgia to live, and was there pressed into the rebel s
our accepting it was made a condition to our being allowed to return to the wounded at Sudley Church. Those who chose to take the parole, myself among the number, were sent immediately back, and remained at that hospital for twelve days, doing our best to relieve the sufferings of our wounded men. At the expiration of that time, they were removed to Richmond, and we followed them; and as our services, though pressed upon the authorities there, were no longer required, we were sent home via Norfolk and Fortress Monroe. As far as my observation has gone, our wounded have been treated with kindness, and have been made as comfortable as circumstances would allow. Assistant-surgeons DeGraw and Winston, of our regiment, have returned with me, and have been efficient and unwearied in the discharge of their duty. Below I inclose a list of the members of our regiment wounded and prisoners, now in the hands of the enemy at Richmond: wounded: Private O. H. Swift, Company A, fractured arm,