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there were about 20,000 Yankees at Suffolk and between there and Norfolk. The rumor which has prevailed here for several days, that Suffolk was being evacuated, has no foundation in truth. Many of the large guns mounted while General Long street was in the vicinity have been removed, and fortifications are being thrown up at Bowers's Hill, eight miles above Portsmouth. This probably gave rise to the rumor. The Yankee pickets now extend only a few miles from Suffolk, in the direction of Blackwater, though the cavalry are frequently passing through the country surrounding. It says: Our informant was in Suffolk during the siege of General Longstreet, and represents the Yankees as being greatly alarmed. Had Longstreet attacked the place on the first day of his arrival, it could have been taken with little loss on our side. But after reinforcements arrived a determined resistance would have been made. All the citizens arrested here have been released except Richard Hozier, who