Correspondence of the Richmond Dispatch.
the late victory — fatal affray — firing near Newport News, &c.
Norfolk, July 25, 1861.
The news of the two late and glorious victories which our invincible soldiery have gained over Scott
's much-vaunted ‘"regular troops,"’ creates the greatest excitement I ever witnessed before; probably it would not be too much to say, the greatest ever witnessed here by any one.
For the last several days the bulletin boards of our city newspapers have been constantly visited by an anxious people, and long ere the Petersburg
train arrives the hotels are crowded and the stores of news agents are thronged to their utmost capacity with persons eager and often impatient to learn the news.
A relative of mine, just from the lower part of Princess Anne county, informs me of a novel mode of annoyance to persons living on the beach near Washwoods, resorted to by Lincoln
's sea devils as a last means of a ‘"match 'em,"’ for their late appalling disaster at Manassas
. A. U. S. steamer, supposed to be the ‘"Quaker City
,"’ frequently coasts that portion of the beach, and as she passes along shore keeps up a continual firing of shot and shell at the various objects on land, doubtless thinking they may perchance demolish the habitations and destroy the lives of at least a few husbands, wives or children.
A fatal affray occurred here on last Tuesday evening, between J. K. Adams
, 3d Lieutenant
of the Mobile
Rifle Company, Alabama Regiment, and private Hughes
, of the Harris Guards, of this place, resulting in the death of the former.
The unfortunate occurrence grew out of a dispute about an affray that took place between one or two members of the Alabama Regiment and a member or two of the Norfolk
Junior Volunteers, several days ago. No weapons were used.
, it seems, succeeded in knocking down Adams
and then with the heel mashed his head frightfully, causing instant death.
After an inquest over the body yesterday, it was escorted to the depot of the Norfolk and Petersburg Road
, by the Mobile Rifles, followed by Mayor Lamb
and a few of our prominent citizens, and sent on to his relatives and friends in Mobile
has been arrested and incarcerated to await his trial.
Considerable firing was heard yesterday evening in the direction of Newport News, and many surmise that another battle has been fought on the peninsula; if so, the Yankees
have, doubtless, again met with their Bethel
To-day has been appointed by our worthy Mayor
, and is being generally observed, as a day of thanksgiving and prayer to God for His manifest Divine assistance in our late battle.