[Special correspondence of the Dispatch.]
Norfolk, 21st October, 1861.
This morning, about three o'clock, a lieutenant in the Federal
army, who says his name is Hale
, was arrested by the guard at Pig Point battery.
He was, at the time, in a small boat, and approaching the shore.
I learn that he stated that he had deserted from the Federal
service, and wished the protection of the Southern
This is improbable, and is not believed.
It is said that the first question he asked the guard showed that he supposed he was about to land at Newport News.
It is quite probable, therefore, that he had been detained until an unseasonable hour on board of one of the ships in the Roads
, and in attempting to land at Newport News, was driven by the wind, which was blowing quite strong from the Northeast
across the river and over to Pig Point
It is rumored that this prisoner is related to Senator Hale
, of New Hampshire
, and also to Gideon Wells
, the Federal Secretary of War
He is confined in jail in Portsmouth
The steamer Arrow
went to the Roads
on Saturday, with a flag of truce of course, taking down a number of passengers.
The Federal steamer Huntingdon
met her, and the passengers were landed at the Fort
requested that no more flags should be sent down for the present.
There are, as I have before stated, a large number of vessels in Hampton Roads
, including about twenty steamers, mostly gunboats.
There are also several ships of very large size, the names of which I have given you. These, with many schooners of various sizes, make up a fleet of about 70 vessels, presenting an imposing appearance, and indicating an early attack somewhere, possibly upon our batteries at this location.
arrived here on Saturday, and is comfortably quartered at the Atlantic
He has visited the various batteries in the vicinity, reviewed troops, &c. He went down to Craney Island
yesterday, and was saluted by the heavy guns of the batteries.
Yesterday a difficulty occurred at the toll-house of the Norfolk
draw bridge, between Mr. Hughes
, the keeper, and several persons who had crossed on the bridge and returned, during which Hughes
, who is a large and powerful man, was knocked down and very roughly handled.
Several arrests have been made.
The weather is very rainy and stormy — wind blowing from the northeast.
The tide is high.
There are numbers of visitors here.
The hotels are well patronized, and supply the various substantial and delicacies peculiar to this favored section in plentiful abundance.
The Methodist Conference will meet here in a few weeks.
On account of the troubles of the country, the sessions will no doubt be short, but the number of visitors will probably be large.