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[correspondence of the Baltimore Exchange.]
Annapolis, April 27, 1861.
Yesterday morning, about 7 o'clock, four more steamers entered the harbor, with 3,000 troops on board.
They are principally from New York.
The landing of the 69th Regiment was first perfected, after which the other steamers were brought up to the wharf, with troops from New York and Massachusetts
Although four additional regiments left for Washington
yesterday morning, and two more this morning, the Naval Academy is yet swarming with troops.
All the handsome real fences in the yard, formerly occupied by the families of the Professor
, are now thrown into quarters for the troops
The artillery and cavalry have not yet left the yard.
The former compose eight field pieces and the latter one hundred and twenty horses.
When Governor Sprague
's regiment from Rhode Island
left for Washington
, three negro men, belonging to the Hon. Geo. W. Hughes
, residing some ten miles from this city, attempted to follow them and escape.
As soon as the Governor
, who was in command, was apprised of the fact he had them arrested and conveyed to their master.
The universal sentiment of the troops is that they did not come here to aid and comfort the negroes; but, on the country, they would volunteer to put down any insurrection that might be brought about by the slaves.
In addition to the garrison of Fort Severn
, and the embankments on Horn Point
, the troops have taken possession of Judge Hunter
's farm, directly opposite the Navy Academy, where they intend to mount heavy guns on the bluff on the Northeast
side of Severn River
, commanding the city and harbor.
The old and naked harbor of the city now presents a lively and business view.
The fleet lying in the harbor and around the wharf rather resembles that of Light street, Baltimore
, with its numerous steamers and bay craft Carts, wagons, &c., are constantly employed in conveying the provisions, baggage and implements of war from the Naval Academy to the railroad depot, preparatory to being sent by rail to Washington
Yesterday the troops ran one of the engines off the track from the railroad, precipitating it down an eighteen-feet bank a few miles from the Junction
They then returned to the depot here to take out the old "Elk Ridge
," but not being able to run it, they compelled the officers of the road to place the men in the employ of the company to work and run the trains.
A Yankee brig came in last night and is now anchored off the harbor, heavily laden, supposed to be provisions and ammunitions of war.
The troops have taken possession of Boone
's saw mill, in Broad Neck, opposite Annapolis
for the purpose of getting out number, preparatory to building quarters at Fort Severn
and other places.
The total number of troops who left up to this morning is said to be thirteen thousand three hundred.