From a late number of the New York Tribune
, in our possession, we extract a portion of one of its correspondence from Old Point
Comfort, as throwing some little light on matters in this section, and also giving the tattle of some of those who leave here for the North
Several companies of the Indianian will embark in the Spaulding
The other three companies under the Lieutenant-Colonel
, will remain at Camp Hamilton.
It is understood that further reinforcements for this department will reach here at an early day. It is not probable that they will be suffered to remain idle, but that they will be employed in important work, which the approaching cool season will render it practicable to undertake.
It is understood that Flag-Officer Goldsborough
expects to have not less than forty ships of the Atlantic
blockading fleet collected in the Roads
within the next two weeks. At present we have six frigates, including the Cumberland
, (which is at Newport News,) viz: the Minnesota
(flagship), the Roanoke
, the Sabine
, the Congress
, the St. Lawrence
, the Cumberland
; besides the Dale
, and a number of gun-boats and supply ships, in all not less than 325 guns and 4,500 men. The Wabash
is on the coast, and is expected to arrived.
Of course the largest number of the expected fleet will be gun-boats, lately purchased and now fitting out in New York and Philadelphia
The destination of this unexampled squadron is of course one of the secrets almost past finding out, and not to be told when found out. That formidable operations are to be undertaken on the Southern
coast, there can be no doubt.
Inasmuch as the late Atlantic
blockading district has been divided by creating the Southern
Atlantic Squadron, of which Capt. Dupont
will be the Flag-Officer
, the conclusion is that the ships which, according to report, will congregate here, will confine their operations this side of the dividing line, which will be the boundary of North
and South Carolina
It should not be supposed that all or even a majority of the squadron will be employed in special service, for it is doubtless the purpose of the Government
to enforce a more perfect blockade of the whole coast, which experience has shown to be one of the most effective methods of crushing out the rebellion.--Still, there are certain cities and ports, the moral effects of capturing which would be so great that it is fair to be presumed that it will be undertaken.
If there is any one place which the loyal sense of the land demands should be humbled and made to feel the hand of the Federal Government
, it is Charleston
Its fall would be the fall of the chief pillar of the rebellion.
The results would be commensurate with the cost, great as it might be, though it need by no means be so great as the rebels think or the Government
has been in the habit of conceding.
Supposing that the Government
intends to concentrate its energies in an expedition by land and sea against Charleston
, according to the clearly defined expectation and wish of every loyal citizen, we may readily suppose that such a policy will be postponed no longer than considerations of the season shall dictate.
But the probability of such an undertaking rests not alone on this presumption.
There are indications in the "movements, doings, and so on," great and small, here and there, now and then, that point directly to such a purpose.
Grouped together, these indications to the eye of the careful observer establish more than a probability, if they are not even proof positive, of undertakings at an early day worthy of our Government.
It gives me pleasure to be able to state that in every probability Lieut. Crosby
, of the Navy, who has been so much and deservedly commended for his conduct in the bombardment of Hatteras
, and in conducting expeditions in the waters of the Chesapeake
and elsewhere, will have a separate command.--The Secretary of the Navy
cannot do a more proper thing than give Lieut. Crosby
He deserves it for his past services, his faithfulness, capacity, and loyalty.
This afternoon a frag of truce came from Norfolk
with between twenty-five and thirty passengers, all but six of them ladies, bound for the North
, from all parts of the South
. --By conversation with them I learn that at Norfolk
, since Gen. Wool
took command at the fortress, constant apprehensions has prevailed of an attack.
Within the last week troops in considerable numbers have been sent from Norfolk
to Roanoke Island
to prevent the anticipated approach of the Union
forces in the rear by way of Hatteras
The capture of the latter place was a stunning blow, and cut off one of the principal sources of supplies.
Living in Norfolk
is very expensive, and people begin to grumble.
I am assured, on the personal information of my informant, that there are a good many Union men in Norfolk
and vicinity who are compelled to keep silent, and that even in rebel ranks many Union men at heart are to be found.
I have this on authority I cannot doubt.
There are in Norfolk
and vicinity many families who would sacrifice everything to get away.
They are looked upon with suspicion, and subjected to many extraordinary hardships.
The test oath, which is to divide the loyal from the disloyal, will, it is expected, soon be put to the people.
A gentleman who has been some time in Richmond
, gives some highly interesting information.
Troops are arriving daily in large numbers from the South
, and he is of the opinion that the number now in Virginia
is greater than it is generally understood to be in the North
The determination to fight to the last is represented as universal.
inflame the public mind by representing that in Baltimore
especially no man is safe, that women are ravished with impunity, and that the "Yankees" are let loose on the community to pillage and destroy.
The gentleman referred to states that he was lately at Matthias Point, where he saw batteries and heavy guns, that the rebels profess to be able to close the Potomac
any day they wish but, that they will not do so, however, before they are prepared to attack McClellan
and move on Washington
, which they pretended they would do shortly.
He represents that the troops arriving from the South
are well armed and clothed, and that he heard of no dissatisfaction.
The prevailing idea in Richmond
is, that the rebel army will winter in Philadelphia
, not even stopping in Washington
and several officers have been sent to Charleston
The New York Zouaves, the 69th and 79th prisoners, were taken to New Orleans.
Two or three hundred go South daily.
A stupendous effort is being made to provide blankets for the army by making every county in every State contribute a certain number of blankets the proposition being that families should part with their blankets, forward them at once for the use of the army, and make more for themselves, or go without.
all kinds of woolen goods
are very dear.
Cloth, worth in New York 30 cts., sells for $1.30.
The latest arrivals of troops are from Florida
has recently brought on an exceedingly fine regiment of cavalry from Georgia
, which he commands.
He recently had a long interview with John M. Botts
, who takes no part.
There is a strong anti-Stephens party, while Davis
, who is generally worshipped, has many bitter enemies.
is nowhere, Bishop Polk
is strongly urged to be successor of Walker
as Secretary of War
The army on the Potomac
is claimed to number 200,000 men. The capture of Hatteras
caused great consternation, and North Carolina
and Commodore Barron
are unsparingly censured.
A serious trouble is breeding in regard to the currency; there is little or no specie in circulation, and the newspapers complain that it has been hoarded, and call upon those who have got it to put it out. The troops are paid, when at all, in Confederate bonds.
The late rumor to the effect that the rebel troops were recently paid in specie or Virginia
paper money is without foundation in truth.
Bonds are used for that purpose.
The troops are, however, generally well shod.
Great efforts are making to fortify the Southern
coast, and Davis
and his advisers are much exercised about apprehended movements in that direction.
A few days since much excitement existed in Richmond
for some cause or other, and a hasty meeting of the Cabinet
The great cry in the Southern
papers is "On to Washington
," yet there was a growing inquiry what the war is about, and an increasing wish that the war might cease and the army be permitted to return to their homes.
The rebels have been actively engaged to-day in transporting troops to Sewell's Point
, probably in the fear that an attack is about to be made on that place.
Mrs. Joseph Segar
, who has been in Virginia
since the rebellion commenced, and for some time past in Norfolk
, came by the flag of truce to-day, but declined to answer certain questions, or failed to answer satisfactorily; she returned to Norfolk
in the home boat.
is at present in New England