Our advices from Suffolk
are to Wednesday night last.
The number of troops now in and around Suffolk
is estimated at 17,500. Major-General Peck
is in command, assisted by Brigadiers Ferry and Vessey.
The infantry number 15,000, cavalry 2,500 and there are three batteries of artillery, numbering 17 pieces.
The railroad is guarded all through the Dismal Swamp
, chiefly by new levies recently raised.
The enemy is fortifying four miles this side of Suffolk
, and they say they will hold the town at all hazards.
The tidings of Gen. Mansfield
's death, who fell at Sharpsburg
, was received at Suffolk
with some regret by the citizens of that place.
, M. had been in command there for several months previous to his fall, and unlike Yankee officers generally, was very mild and lenient in his rule.
The people fear that they will not see his like again during Lincoln