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From Norfolk.

the latest from North Carolina--frigates in Huston Roads, &c.



[Special correspondence of the Dispatch.]

Norfolk, Feb. 18th, 1862.
Notwithstanding the exciting news recently received from Roanoke Island, and the defeat of the comparatively small number of Confederate troops there by a fleet of gunboats and a large and well drilled army, the principal subject of interest here now is the battle at Fort Donelson. Much anxiety is felt with regard to the result of that important engagement. May it be glorious for the sons of freedom.

It is stated, by persons recently from North Carolina, that there are no Yankee troops at or near Curritax Court-House. Some of the inhabitant left their homes on hearing of the approach of the enemy, but no person had been in the neighborhood referred to. It is stated that the Federals had sunk a or two, loaded with corn, at the South of the Albemarle and Chesapeake , and afterwards returned to the island. There is no very recent information from Elizabeth City. When last heard from, the town was comparatively quiet, and the Federal had left the place; but their return was expected at no distant day. The most valuable part of the town was not destroyed.

It has been stated recently — and the report is believed to have come from a reliable source — the very active preparations are going on among the Federal forces in the Sound, and that an important movement will very made in some direction.--The officers command of the Confederate forces in this section are actively engaged in preparing for any advance that may possibly be made from the waters of North Carolina.

I will note the arrival here, yesterday, of a heroine from that productive part of the Old North State now in possession of our aggressive foes. She stated that a number of persons had gone away from their homes of peace and quiet and had left their property at the mercy of the invaders. She, however, was only there on a visit; felt no fear whatever of the Yankees; intended to return immediately, and attend to her domestic affairs. She intimated also, that it might prove hazardous to any Northern intruder who would dare to molest the property which she had toiled . There were deadly concealed about her person, order, well charged, with ready for instant use in case of , judging from appearances, she to bring her revolvers to bear of impudent, prowling Yankees advantage.

, of this city, is engaged volunteer company, which he . Capt. F. McCourt, who has experience in military mat. is also a company to increase our forces for the approaching spring campaign.

Five French frigates are now riding at anchor in Roads. Some of the officers yesterday. To-day they engaged some places of importance and in the city and vicinity. The object visit of this French fleet is not known but will doubtless be hereafter developed and prove to be significant, and, it is believed, beneficial to the great cause of human rights and civil liberty.

After many days of dreary, cloudy weather, the dense, vapory masses above seem to be passing away seaward, and the warm sunlight is struggling the moving clouds and reach the dark, damp, rugged surface of the earth, and render it a more cheerful and comfortable habitation for toiling striving, fighting humanity.

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