From Norfolk and the vicinity.
it is stated that Butler
is rigidly enforcing his order requiring all persons to take the oath of allegiance to the Lincoln Government
Large numbers have taken this oath in Norfolk
, and every male citizen of Portsmouth
, except three.
These are Dr. Arthur R. Smith
, Wm. H. Wilson
, and Fisher Matthews
These gentlemen, we hear, positively refuse, and say they will suffer any consequence.
In Nansemond and Princess Anne counties all citizens residing between Bernard's Mill and Portsmouth
have taken the oath.
Many of these, if not all, are loyal to the Confederate Government, but they have no alternative save banishment from their homes.
Bernard's Mill is the outer picket station of the Federals
Six citizens of Nansemond county
have been sentenced by Butler
to six months imprisonment for whipping a negro.
We could learn the names of but three, viz: Wright King
, Cornelius Bidgood
, and John B. Wright
The reported fight near Elizabeth City
turned out to be only a skirmish, and resulted in nothing of any consequence.