[special correspondence of the Dispatch.]
This is a charmingly bright morning, though the air is cool and bracing.
There is not much of importance to communicate, and yet there are a few incidents which may not be uninteresting to your readers.
On Saturday afternoon, a troop of Cavalry, the Sussex Light Dragoons, consisting of about seventy members, commanded by Capt. Belsches
, rode into our city, and after a brief sojourn on our side of the river, resumed their line of march to Norfolk
, their destination for the present.
After the parade at the Hospital
at 6 P. M., on Saturday, the men at the battery of the great guns were exercised by Capt. McIntosh
, formerly of the Navy now under Lincoln
.--The orders were executed promptly and skill-fully — the men at the several guns evincing that desire to excel which actuates our people, and is characteristic of them in all they undertake.
There has been organized, since the vandalism at the Navy-Yard
— or Lincoln
's exemplification of his mode of protecting the public property
--an additional Artillery company, commanded by Capt. Richardson
, with Lieut. MacAlpine
They have yet no arms, and muster with boarding pikes — a formidable weapon at close quarters.
On Sunday afternoon the Rev. Mr. Peterson
, in charge of one of the Methodist Churches
here, and a volunteer during the Mexican
war, preached to the soldiers at the Hospital grounds
I met a large concourse of citizens and ladies returning, who had attended.
gentleman and the Rev. Mr. Handy
were at the Battery
last Sunday, the day the work was commenced.
The Portsmouth Grays
, under Capt. Deans
, are stationed at the Navy-Yard
Chains are under the Plymouth
, and the work of raising her and the Germantown
is progressing as rapidly as the present force will allow.
, of Dead Sea
memory, is here, and looks as well as when years ago I saw him here.
He is, I believe, originally from this city.
He is at present at the Navy-Yard
, under Commodore Forrest
Captain Hugh Nelson Page
, of whom I made mention in a former letter, will be in your city to-night.
He has received orders to repair thither to assume charge of the Department of Yards and Docks.
His wife, formerly Miss Wilson
, of this city, goes up with him. He will probably stop at the Spotswood House Capt. Page
, though advanced in years, is yet full of the ardor of manhood, and ready to execute promptly and with energy any duty which may devolve on him. He is a Virginian and a Southern, as the ex-Governor
would say, intus et in cute.
There are two of Lincoln
's appointees in the Navy-Yard
here, under Commodore Forrest
, who, some think, ought not to have been retained.
The Ape. had several applications from this region.