the steamer Nashville--remarkable chase at sea — Fast day, &c.
[Special Correspondence of the Dispatch.]
Norfolk, 1st March, 1862.
The news of the safe arrival of the Nashville
affords great satisfaction here.
The gallant Captain Pegram
was just the man for the successful prosecution of a difficult, daring, and important enterprise, especially at sea. His numerous friends here are delighted to hear of his safe return and splendid voyage.
The chase of the Nashville
, her rapid progress over the waves, six hostile steamers in full chase, with their heavy guns all ready to open a terrible fire upon her, was, doubtless, among the most exciting and remarkable that ever occurred upon the ocean.
Yesterday was a charming day for religious services, held, in accordance with the wise suggestion of the honored President
of the Southern Confederacy.
Services were held in the different churches, and able discourses were preached in the morning and afternoon.
We have martial law in force here now, as already announced.
It is well.
This is a time that requires vigilance and watchfulness, and a prompt exercise of both legal and military authority.
Offenders should be speedily dealt with; and I doubt not Gen. Huger
will do his duty ably in this respect, and be fully sustained by those who aid him in any way in the performance of his laborious and responsible duties at this important post, now threatened by the prowling and swarming thousands who are concentrating at several points not very distant from the seaport of Virginia