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The capture of Smithfield, Va.
The rebels having retired from Norfolk, Virginia, General Mansfield sent his Aid-de-Camp, Drake De Kay, to reconnoitre the various rivers and creeks setting in from the James River.
Captain De Kay started with a sail-boat and eight men, and examined the Nansemond River and Chuckatuck Creek, and then proceeded to Smithfield Creek.
This being narrow and tortuous, with high banks, he hoisted the rebel flag and ran up some five miles to the town of Smithfield.
This town is situated on a hill, stretching back from the river, contains some one thousand two hundred inhabitants, is very prettily laid out, has several handsome churches, and fine old family homesteads.
The people are all rank secesh — hardly a man, woman, or child to be seen in the streets who does not scowl at the Yankees.
The negroes, even, did not speak to us, as their masters had forbidden it, and beaten them severely for doing so. The whole negro population would run away were i