as mined to be blown up on leaving it. Much of the property was burned up at Harper's Ferry, in hastily vacating that place; and an attempt was made to burn up not only all the public property, on leaving Gosport Navy Yard, but the whole city of Norfolk.
This is one of the most remarkable instances on record where Providence was on our side.
Plans were laid to burn up the Navy Yard and the whole city.
The incendiary fires were lighted; and, if their intentions had succeeded, such a conflagraefore the ravages had extended, the wind turned!
The winds of Heaven turned, and stayed the spread of the devouring element.
The same wind that kind Heaven sent to keep off the fleet at Charleston till Sumter was reduced, came to the relief of Norfolk at the critical moment.
Providence was signally on our side.
They attempted to blow up the Dock, the most expensive one on the continent — but there was a break in the train they had laid, and it failed.
They attempted to burn down the old Pe