the Federal fleet--a Brig ashore — the weather, &c., &c.
[special correspondence of the Dispatch.]
Norfolk, Oct. 30, 1861.
Nothing has been heard here about the Yankee
fleet since its departure yesterday morning from Hampton Roads
Notwithstanding the iniquitous and piratical intention of the expedition, there was something splendid in the appearance of the fleet as it passed out of the roadstead and moved on in regular order between the capes of Virginia
and out to sea. The flag-ship Minnesota
took the lead; next followed the steam son boats and lastly the transports.
There were doubtless large numbers of troops on board some of the vessels, and the expedition has evidently been fitted out with the design of attacking some important point on the coast — possibly several places.
This expedition is, perhaps, the most extensive in which any people, on this Continent ever engaged.
The larger portion of the vessels were fitted out in New York, while much was done towards the completion of the fleet in Philadelphia
, and other cities.
Merchants at the North
, who have been made rich by the South
, offered their vessels to the Lincoln Government
, to be used in an attempt to ruin the South
Large steamers, owned principally by Yankees, and which had been employed for years in bringing Northern goods of almost every kind, which were freely bought at full prices by the people of the South
, have been chartered and loaded with stores and munitions of war to assist in ‘"crushing out"’ those who have not only contributed vastly to the building of the cities of the North
, but who have furnished the materials for their manufactories, which have given employment to hundreds of thousands of men and women in Yankee land.
The exploits of this ‘"great fleet"’ will no doubt be similar to those that have already taken place on land and water by the hopeful, inflated, bragging Northerners, who make a great fuss until the fight commences, and then they become panic-stricken, and fly from the scene of danger as precipitately as though some terrible volcano had threatened to engulf them beneath its scathing fires.
On Saturday night last the brig Seraphine
, Capt. Graham
, of Baltimore
, from R de Janeiro, and bound to Baltimore
with a cargo of coffee, went ashore on Currituck
and crew got safely ashore, and the greater part of the cargo has been saved in good order.
I learn that the Confederate Government has sent down an officer to take charge of the coffee.
After several days of wintry weather, the temperature is getting warm again, the wind blowing gently from Southwest
Army matters are quiet.
There are some rumors that require confirmation, and I need not repeat them here.