[special correspondence of the Dispatch.]
Petersburg, April, 29, 1861.
Our City Council has promptly responded to the order of Governor Letcher
, requiring tracks to be laid connecting the several Railroad depots.
The work is to be commenced immediately, and will doubtless soon be complete.
The bridge over the Appomattox
, however, offers an obstruction, as it is not in a condition to bear the weight of a train.
Twenty cases of muskets, of the make of 1852, were brought over the Southern Road
to-day, from Fayetteville
, destined for Augusta, Georgia
They will be for warded over the South-Side Railroad.
Though the route is very circuitous, it is rendered more eligible by its more perfect connections.
Two nine-inch Columbiads were brought up from Norfolk
yesterday, destined for New Orleans.
They will also be transported over the South-Side Railroad.
It is understood that they are intended to be put on board of ships, for the defence of the harbor.
The county of Chesterfield
was last night the scene of incendiary fires to an extent that indicates that there must be secret enemies among the people — supposed to be abolitionists.
, living about ten miles Northwest of Petersburg
, suffered the loss of three or four negro cabins, a saw-mill and a corn-mill.
His barn, containing a considerable amount of grain and provender, was also fired; but by concentrating his efforts upon it, he succeeded in rescuing it from the flames.
It would be wise in the country people to be on their guard, and to organize a strict police to prevent the recurrence of incendiarism, and to detect, if possible, the villains who were engaged in it. MonCŒur.