The enemy on the York Peninsula.
We learn from a gentleman who came up Saturday from Gloucester
that the country people estimate the number of troops at and around Gloucester Point
at 25,000.--This is, of course, an exaggeration, though it is true that a large number of troops have been landed there lately, many having been sent over from Yorktown
The river is full of steam transports, plying to and fro. A regiment of negro troops and Spears
's 11th Penn. cavalry were up as far as Gloucester Court House last week.
A brigade of negro troops are at the Williamsburg Landing
, on York river
Much trouble has been caused the Yankees
by the explosion of torpedoes, which are in the oyster beds.
A few rakes of the oyster tongs blow up boat, dredger, and all. Week before last a coasting canoe was blown up, one man killed and two drowned. This unexpected disaster has nearly put an end to Yankee oyster fishing.
They had threatened to burn a house for every vessel that was blown up by a torpedo, but the threat was not carried out.
The Federal vessels have been feeling along up the Pamunkey