[special correspondence of the Dispatch.]
Norfolk,Va, May 10, 1861.
Our city begins to assume quite a warlike appearance.
Three companies from Georgia
arrived day before yesterday; and this morning ten additional companies, numbering 1,140 men, arrived from Alabama
These companies form the Third Regiment of that State, and are commanded by Col. T. Lomax
, acting for Col. Withers
, of Mobile
, who is expected to arrive here to-morrow.
They are a fine looking set of men, completely armed and equipped.
The most of them are supplied with the fatal five-hundred-yard rifles.
They are composed of the following companies, viz: The Montgomery Metropolitan Guards, the Montgomery Troop Blues
, the Mobile Cadets
, the Mobile Rifles, the Washington
Light Infantry, the Watunka Light Guards, the Beauregards of Lonsboro', the Tuskahega Light Infantry, the Southern Rifles, from Newton's Springs; the Gulf
The Fourth Regiment from the same State are on their way, and expected to arrive here either to-morrow or the next day.
Our enemies at Old Point
are still committing depredations upon our commerce, and upon some of our citizens.
Night before last, (Tuesday) they stole
seven negroes and a boat belonging to Mr. James Garrison
, while they were engaged in hauling seine upon the shores of Lynn
haven Bay. Such acts, committed by such a dastardly set of pirates, will not be permitted much longer.
These poor negroes will no doubt be sent down South, and there sold by some secret agent of theirs, and the poor deluded fellows will find, that instead of enjoying that liberty of free men, so faithfully promised them ‘"by their wolf in sheeps clothing"’ friends of the North
, that they have been deceived, and no better, nor half as well off as they were before.
Quite a serious accident happened to one of our citizens yesterday.
Mr. A. Wrenn
, the owner of a large carriage manufactory here, while witnessing the military drill of the large number of companies stationed at the Gosport Navy-Yard
, was accidentally wounded in the right breast by a bayonet of one of the soldiers.
Being thoughtlessly within the lines, he did not have time to get out of the way. His wound, though dangerous, is not considered mortal.
He is better this morning.
The steamer William Selden
has just arrived from Old Point
, bringing the mails and about forty passengers, which reached there this morning in the steamer Louisiana
There had been a little disturbance at Baltimore
, the particulars of which I could not learn.
Our city is exceedingly quiet, notwithstanding the large number of strangers present.--They are all, it seems, actuated by one motive, that is fidelity to the South
, for which they are, one and all, ready to sacrifice their lives, their fortunes, and sacred honor, in defence of its rights.
Our watch-house is almost entirely deserted.
No arrests for disorder or anything else of any consequence have been made for several nights past.