[special correspondence of the Dispatch.]
Suffolk, Va., April 24, 1861.
Everything is moving here.
Volunteer companies spring into existence as if by magic.--The "Marion Rangers," Capt. R. O. White
-head, (graduate of V. M. I.;) the "Suffolk Cavalry," Capt. Lee
; "Chuckatuck Guards, " Capt. Phillips
, (V. M. I;) "Nansemond Artillery," Capt. Ames
, and a Light Infantry company, Capt. J. K. Kilby
, M. D., in the Lower Parish
, have all suddenly sprung into being, and are intensely eager for the fray. --Besides these, the ranks of the "Suffolk Continental, " and those of the "Home Guard," have been largely increased.
Fortifications are being thrown up at Town Point
, Bleak House Point, and Barrett
's Neck, for the defence of the mouth of the Nansemond river
and Chuckatuck creek
, and a plenty of the best guns can be had from the Navy-Yard
to make them more than efficient.
We are glad to hear that the Convention
has vacated all the old military commissions.--We want men in command with spirit, and suited to the emergency.
Capt. John Cohoon
, long the presiding Magistrate of our County Court, but of late being infirm from old age, was conveyed from his residence yesterday to cast the first spade of dirt at Town Point
has heretofore been a strong Union man, but is perfectly indignant at the course of the Yankee Administration
Hundreds of negroes are employed on our fortifications, in charge of the best military engineers.
, late in charge of the Pennsylvania
, but who escaped from that ship to the ranks of the Southern
army, has been appointed by Gen. Gwynn
in command of Town Point
Everybody was elated to see Gen. Gwynn
on Sunday last.
He is very generally known hereabouts, and has two sons residing in the county.
War stock went up five hundred per cent. at the sight of him.
Hundreds of troops from Petersburg
, South Carolina
, are daily passing over our railroads to where it is hoped will be the seat of war, viz: Norfolk
Our citizens are feeding and watering them profusely as they pass.
On yesterday morning everybody's breakfast went smoking hot down to the cars for the Georgia
troops, who arrived at that hour.
They were all fine fellows, and seemed very grateful.
bears the palm for the finest body of troops that has passed here.
Our ladies are hard at work, all of them, night and day, on shirts and lint.
Hundreds have offered their services as nurses for the camp or the hospital, and are eager to show their thorough devotion to our glorious cause.
Who can doubt that God will favor what angels approve?
We have two Abolitionists in our jail--one arrested for obstructing the Seaboard Railroad
, on Friday last, and who plays crazy; the other, for tampering with slaves.
We learn that negroes from around Hampton
and Old Point
have been pressed into Fort Monroe
at the pistol's mouth.
Large bodies of soldiers left there in steamers last night.
They are doubtless called to Washington
Hon. H. Blair Grigsby
made a stirring address at the cars to-day as he passed.
Guns are daily passing from the Navy-Yard
into the interior.