rumored departure of the Federal fleet from Hampton Roads — Illumination at old Point — military Parade — the Operatic concert — all quiet along the coast, &c., &c.
[special correspondence of the Dispatch.]
It is rumored again this morning that the Federal fleet which has been in Hampton Roads
for several days has departed.
I do not entirely credit the report, although it is quite probable that so large a collection of vessels will not be allowed to remain long in any place.
It is believed by persons here who have good reasons for the views they entertain, that the fleet will go somewhere South of this port — probably to New Orleans or to Beaufort, N. C.
It is stated that the fleet, and also Old Point
and Fortress Monroe
were illuminated a few nights ago, presenting a magnificent sight.
There was probably nothing special or unusual in the lighting up of the fleet and the fort.
The lamps on the vessels were, no doubt, lighted as usual, or, perhaps, with some additional brightness, with a view to the safety of all hands, and in order to enable the officers to see their way to Newport News, and prevent the possibility of their being hailed
near the Pig Point battery.
The Independent Georgia Battalion came into the city yesterday, and paraded in superior style through some of the streets, presenting a very handsome military display.--The battalion is in command of Major Hardiman
, one of the most accomplished officers in the army; and, judging from the appearance of this splendid body of men and the drilling exercises yesterday, there are few if any troops in the world that will be found more formidable in the hour of battle.
Intelligence has recently been received from Roanoke Island
that army affairs are quiet there, and that nothing of special interest has transpired there for sometime.
The concert at the Opera House
last night passed off in grand style.
deserved much credit for the rich musical treat with which the lovers of really artistic performance were favored. "The Confederate F " composed by Prof.
G., was sung in a style of elegance and beauty seldom if ever surpassed.
The applause was deafening, and the entire audience seemed charmed by the extraordinary melody and deep-toned harmony that rang through the capacious hall.
The vocal performances of Madame Bonavita
came fully up to the expectation of those who had heard of her superior talent as a singer
I have intelligence directly from the Princess
reaching down to the North Carolina
. Nothing has transpired along the for . The troops stationed on --principally cavalry companies — are in fine health, and spirits, and are very though, but little expecting an attack for some time to come.
The marine disasters on the coast were not as numerous or important as reported, the last storm not having been one of very great violence.
Your article on the p u a ity of offices meets with the approbation of our entire community.
Pursue the subject till the evil is corrected in every part of the Southern Confederacy, and you will do the country good service.