[special Correspondence of the Dispatch.]
Norfolk, Va., Aug. 13, 1861.
An immense crowd gathered at the Norfolk and Petersburg depot
yesterday morning, to witness the arrival of a number of prisoners from Richmond
A detachment of the Richmond Grays
were present to escort them to the steamer Kahukee
, which was to convey them to the steamer Minnesota
, off Old Point
where they were to be relieved on parole of honor.
There were twenty-three prisoners, including one woman, whose appearance betokened anything but cleanliness.
During the passage, they conversed with our men, and spoke favorably of the kindness they had received from our people — Before leaving our steamer all shook hands with those on board, with the exception of one Surgeon
, whose haughty demeanor implied a contempt of feeling for those around him. Having landed them on the Minnesota
, our little steamer steamed for home; but she had not got much headway before a little incident occurred which, for the benefit of your readers, I must mention.
An old sailor, looking after the steamer, commenced pounding one hand with another, signifying that they intended to whip the South
One of the Grays, noticing the manipulation, pointed to the Confederate
flag floating at the store of the steamer, implying that it never could be conquered.
The old sailor, somewhat taken aback, found vent in his indignation by sundry pranks, which our boys enjoyed "hugely"
arrived home safe, and the trip was in all respects an agreeable one.
still amuse themselves by sending up balloons to overlook our fortifications and masked (?) batteries.
On Saturday, two were seen; one appeared in the direction of Old Point
, the other from Newport News.
The serial visitor, however, did not remain long up, and was unsuccessful in his object.--The Minnesota
are both off Old Point
At the Rip-Raps persons on the Kahukee noticed something like a number of soldiers drilling.
The famous Floyd
gun they saw distinctly.
We regret to report the death of two members of the North Carolina Regiment.
They died at the hospital near the encampment.
Our visit to this encampment on Sunday afternoon was somewhat more lengthy than before, and we must say, more agreeable.
While here, the troop were drawn up in a square, and the Rev. Mr. Fitzgerald
pronounced an impressive prayer.
Such soldiers, we say, are invincible.
We thank the gentlemen who tendered us their hospitalities; but owing to the lateness of the day, we were forced to decline.
The two men, Pyle
and his companion, were released from custody a day or two ago. We regret this, as it will be an incentive, we fear, to other rascality.
Everything quiet, and no prospect of a fight.