--The Petersburg Express
has information from Suffolk
as late as Monday last.
The impression generally prevails that the Yankees
are preparing to evacuate the place.
A week since most of the able-bodied negro men, both free and slave, were sent off, but to what joint was not known.
On Saturday last the negro women were receiving passes to go to Norfolk
They have been fortifying for some weeks past at Bowers's hill, the embankments extending from Nansemond river
to the Dismal Swamp
, near Deep Creek
The Yankee officers and privates make free to assure the citizens that the place is to be evacuated, the soldiers being needed at other points.
These are the facts, as we obtained them from reliable sources.
, Dr. Philip Corbin
, and Richard Hozier
, were held as prisoners at Suffolk
when last heard from, the two former sick in the hospital.
Several skirmishes occurred during last week with the Yankee
cavalry, infantry, and artillery kept on the Blackwater
, which did credit to our soldiers.
, with only one or two companies of his cavalry dismounted, held a large force back at Franklin
, and finally repulsed them, with heavy loss on their side and no loss on ours.
The notorious Col. Speare
, of the 11th Pennsylvania cavalry, was slightly wounded and his horse killed under him, while his Orderly
was killed by his side.
and his men acted very gallantly in this affair.
As usual, in this raid much private property was destroyed.
The houses of J. W. and Wm. Lawrence
, Mrs. Nancy Daughtrey
, John Andrews
, and Mrs. Wiley Watkins
, were burned.
We also learn that Western Branch
Baptist Church has been burned.
The large number of refugees in this city from Suffolk
and the surrounding country are watching with intense interest the movements of the enemy below, which interest is shared by the whole community.