the Hampton affair — Lincoln's troops in possession — false Alarms, &c.
[special Correspondence of the Dispatch.]
Norfolk, Va., May 29th, 1861.
That a landing by the Federal
forces has been made at Newport News, I think is beyond question From Sunday until yesterday, it is thought about three thousand were put ashore at this point, where they are engaged in erecting an effective battery.
Five or six ships have been seen frequently in that direction, and it is surmised that this, after all, must have been the main object of their visit.
On Sunday afternoon, I learn, they visited the house of a farmer in the neighborhood, and demanded of him all the negroes he had, saying that they were wanted to work, and that when they were done with them they would be returned; and, no doubt these negroes are made to work hard day and night for these villains, which may account for the rapid progress of their battery.
Certainly this is an unwarrantable invasion of our soil, and in a few days you may expect to hear of warm work from this vicinity.
Our people are becoming tired of such aggressions, and will rise up to suppress them.
From a gentleman just from Hampton
, I have intelligence that the town has been taken possession of by the Lincoln
hirelings, and that many of the people were compelled to fly into the woods, near by, for safety.
He states that there were but very few, if any, families in the place, many having long since left it.
My informant is a gentleman of this city, who went to Hampton
to take away his wife who was there.
I should be disinclined to believe the statement, did not the information appear so direct and conclusive.
The gentleman is a Lieutenant in one of our companies, and I think his relation of these facts, may to a great degree, be relied on.
The report of other points being occupied, I deem untrue — merely gotten up for a little excitement, but which is wrong in the extreme.
As for instance, several of our citizens, one night last week, started by an unusual noise on the streets, and hearing that the enemy were attempting to land in the vicinity of Sewell's Point
, got their muskets and ammunition and started in that direction; but learning soon after that the report was false, returned to their homes impressed with a useful lesson about rumors and their uncertainty.
So stand affairs, and I cannot tell what calamity the next few days may bring; but we are not unnerved for the contest.
All our resources of power, whether of blood or treasure, will be thrown in the struggle for our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honors.