[special correspondence of the Dispatch.]
Norfolk, Va., August 8, 1861.
The town of Hampton
was fired last night by the Federals
It is believed that all the most prominent buildings were consumed.
The fire raged about 12 o'clock or later, and should be distinctly seen at many of our posts.
Further particulars we have not heard, but you may rely upon this statement as correct Various conjectures are afloat as to the object of this act. We can place no dependence upon the actions of men given to such wanton outrages.
Four steamers were off Newport News yesterday.
Two or three steamers went up James River
The burning of the buildings at Newport News, as stated by telegraph, is untrue.
A gentleman from a point near that locality assures us, with the aid of his spy glass he can distinctly see the movements of the enemy.
There is still a number of troops at that point, to guard the large fort they have erected.
He says the night light seen there on Monday was due to the burning of brush, so that you may dismiss the idea that any conflagration of importance has taken place.
Three large steamers came in yesterday and touched at Old Point
. One of them was literally packed with troops.
A bright light was seen in the direction of James river
on Tuesday night, about 11 or 12 o'clock, and, as it was the water, many believe, that it was a vessel on fire.
We incline to that belief.
It may be proper to add that the Federals
have erected a large fort at Newport News, and made an entrenchment around it. They are well fortified in every respect.
The loud sounds of drums and unusual noise at our many posts, we heard on Monday night, was caused by an intended false alarm to try the alacrity of our soldiers.
It is needless to say, the result was satisfactory.
We regret that our late Medical Director
of the Hospital
at this place takes leave of the many friends he has recently made, to enter upon his usual duties elsewhere.
In his letter of retirement, Dr. Southgate
feelingly alludes to the patriotic sympathies of our ladies in contributing to his aid in relieving the sick soldiers.
He then pays a brief, but well merited compliment to the Sisters
of Charity and in passing says:‘"It would be a painful suppression of the emotions of my heart, if I land to record my grateful acknowledgment to the Sisters
of Charity of St. Vincenta Paul
.Their prompt response to the call in behalf of the suffering; their self-oblivious devotion to, and noiseless yet cheerful performance of duty; their patience in the presence of the irritability and restlessness of protracted disease, have affected me with a profound sense of the value of their services. " ’
We acknowledge in behalf of our kind Sisters, this compliment so happily bestowed upon their services.
In any field in which they can give their services, they will be found to act up nobly to all their sphere of duty requires.
They have the sympathies of this entire community in their labors of love and mercy.