previous next


The Eastern shore.

Another party of refugees, nine in number, from Accomac county, arrived in this city a day or two since. The manner of their escape from the tyranny of Lincolnism is peculiar, as well as bold and hazardous. All the boats on the shore having been taken by the enemy, our adventurers made themselves a ‘"digest,"’ of a large log, and with this primitive vessel in the darkness of the night, crossed the day, and reached the main land in safety. There is still a strong secession feeling in Accomac and Northampton counties, though and kept down by the presence of Federal troops. The farce of an election was held there on the 25th of January, to fill civil offices, made vacant ‘"by a late proclamation of Gov. Frances H. Pierpont,"’ and we are informed that the Drummondtown presence, which heretofore polled 200 votes, or this occasion polled only 25; thus showing next the people are not yet sufficiently subjugated to lend themselves to the dirty work of the bogus Government, backed up as it is by abolitionism. We have seen an address to the voters, by one Gillet F. Watson, who modestly says that at the request of a large number of friends, ‘"he has very reluctantly consented"’ to become a candidate for their suffrages for the position of State Senator! The document possesses neither importance nor interest, its prominent characteristic being a servile fawning at the foot-stool of the Federal tyrants. We have not heard whether he succeeded in his aspiratiects or not. The only civil office not vacated by the proclamation of ‘"Governor"’ Pierpont, as that of Judge of the Eastern District, which, we are informed, is still held by Judge Pitts.

There are now here some two hundred of the regiment organized on the Eastern Shore previous to its occupation by the enemy. We hope some arrangement will be effected by the War Department, through which these men, who are anxious to fight for their country, may be enabled to preserve their organization.

Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 United States License.

An XML version of this text is available for download, with the additional restriction that you offer Perseus any modifications you make. Perseus provides credit for all accepted changes, storing new additions in a versioning system.

hide Places (automatically extracted)

View a map of the most frequently mentioned places in this document.

Sort places alphabetically, as they appear on the page, by frequency
Click on a place to search for it in this document.
Northampton County (Virginia, United States) (1)
hide People (automatically extracted)
Sort people alphabetically, as they appear on the page, by frequency
Click on a person to search for him/her in this document.
Frances H. Pierpont (2)
Gillet F. Watson (1)
Pitts (1)
hide Dates (automatically extracted)
Sort dates alphabetically, as they appear on the page, by frequency
Click on a date to search for it in this document.
January 25th (1)
hide Display Preferences
Greek Display:
Arabic Display:
View by Default:
Browse Bar: