--A gentleman who lately escaped from the vicinity of Hampton
assures us that those soldiers who man the river batteries barely escaped Butler
's wrath on the 9th, and again on the 12th.
He affirms that on both occasions it had been resolved to make a naval demonstration against Sewell
's, Craney Island
, and finally Hoffler's Creek or Pig's Point
For this purpose, an unusual naval force had been concentrated in Hampton Roads
, armed to the top, and that the arrangements were completed even to the extent of placing infantry aboard.
Unfortunately for us, the project created so much debate among officers and men in the enemy's camp that Picayune
himself became alarmed and relinquished the plan, desiring counsel from Washington
Not a naval commander, except Pendergrast
, it is understood, supported the wisdom of the proposed movement.
Parties down below believe that the Massachusetts
regiments (three mouths' men) have gone home and that the Vermonters have left Newport News for Old Point
Indeed, if the dissatisfaction is half so great as represented, then we may safely calculate that not even a company of the Federalists will re-enlist.--Portsmouth Transcript,