[special Correspondence of the Dispatch.]
Norfolk, May 2d, 1861.
Our port is entirely blockaded.
Vessels cannot pass in or out through Hampton Roads
or up James river
There are several vessels of war lying in and near the mouth of the Roads
The steamer Baltimore
lies off Newport News, commanding the mouth of James river
steamers, heretofore plying regularly between this port and Baltimore
, have been stopped.
The mails brought down yesterday by the steamer Adelaide
were transferred to the steamer Coffee
, and brought up by her to Norfolk
The steamer Coffee
, however, is not permitted to return.
She will, however, I understand, go to Fortress Monroe
to-day under a flag of truce.
We are fastened in, in part; but, thank God, blockade or no blockade, we have other resources that cannot be impeded so easily.
The supply of water at Fort Monroe
is getting short--a half pint to each man is all that has been allowed for a few days past.
The steamer Monticello
attempted to get up to Norfolk
a day or two ago, for what purpose no one knows.
for certain reasons she was allowed to pass Carney Island
, but she did not pass the next fort above.
She was allowed to return unmolested.
Had the force at Carney Island
thought proper, she could have been sunk in ten minutes; but they had their reasons for not doing so, which, I think, were very good ones.
She, or any other, however, had better not make the attempt too often hereafter, or they may repent it.
Norfolk, Va., May 2, 1861.
Troops continue to pour in here from various sections.
Those here are assigned places, and are ready for service.
I may say a word about the gallant Grays
, of your city.
They attract great attention, and compliments are unbounded.
They drill every evening, and the agility with which they handle the musket is truly wonderful.
I award to them the credit of being the best drilled company in the State
The Georgia Blacks, in our sister city, afford a true specimen of industry highly creditable, and manifest unwavering devotion to those in charge.
They are valuable aids in our defence.
Our harbor is blockaded — all communication suspended.
Eighteen hundred or two thousand troops are expected here to-night.
Our guns have been tested, and found to work well.
I may safely say we are in a state of strong defence; and while we shall not invite attack, we will be the first to repel it.