Invasion of the Eastern Shore of Virginia.
Our community was somewhat startled yesterday by the intelligence, communicated in a special dispatch from Norfolk
to this paper that 8,000 Federal troops had marched into Accomac county, Va., on the Eastern Shore of the Chesapeake Bay
, and taken possession of the county.
We received a confirmation of the news last night from Capt. Lewis M. Hudgins
, who left Accomac
on Monday evening. It appears that General Dis
, the Federal
commander in Maryland
, sent a proclamation to the people of the county, promising them protection both in regard to life and property, on condition that they would surrender and lay down their arms.
On Friday last, thirty officers of the Federal
army entered Drummond town, the county seat, bearing a flag of truce, and submitted the proposition to the people, who being poorly provided with me as of defence in the event of an attack, acceded to the terms, making no resistance whatever.
The Federal party then dispatched five of their number to the Maryland
line to bring forward a large body of troops, who were to take possession of Accomac
Our informant learned from the mail carrier, before leaving on Monday evening, that 4000 Lincolnites soldiers were marching into Drummond town, and it was expected that a force would move to occupy Northampton
was in command of about 500 troops in Accomac county, but we have no particulars of his movements.
Probably he considered discretion the better part of valor in this instance, especially since his means of resistance were very limited.
Some of the inhabitants found methods of leaving the county, and it is probable that the Federals
will make prisoners of some who remain behind.
brought away forty of Capt. Fletcher
's company in his vessel, and they are now at Gloucester Point
Among his passengers also were Col. Ganter
, Capt. Wise
, and Lieutenants Bag
Cudlip, and White
Other vessels were about leaving, but they encountered the risk of capture by the Federal
steamers prowling in the waters of the bay. The principal object of the enemy in this sudden demonstration upon the Eastern Shore, is to put a stop to the trade which has been carried on with the mainland, and to secure the advantages of a good grain country, to say nothing of the luscious Cherrystone oysters, for which Yankee pictures doubtless have an eager longing.
The only wonder is, considering the isolated position of the country, that they had not sooner
In cutting off a portion of the State
revenue, the Federals
have accomplished something, but we anticipate no further evil result.