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nscription, or volunteered to save the disgrace of having been drafted. There are to be found on the plantations only women, old men and children.--The negroes who are able to be at any service are also mostly gone, some having been removed down South by their masters for safety, and the balance having sought refuge within the lines of our army, where, of course, they cannot be pursued, and are thenceforth free. This portion of the State is fertile and productive, and has been styled the gard already commenced, and probably a few days will see the town relieved of nearly all of them, and but a very few will remain to experience the tender mercies of their secesh friends. Between the action of the rebels in carrying their slaves down South and the operation of military rule, the peninsula has been pretty well cleared of the more valuable portion of the slave property — those who are left generally being either of ancient or very tender and juvenile age, neither of which are of much