The Alexandria Gazette has the following:
, May 7.--A large amount of provisions and ammunition has arrived, and daily additions are being made to the number of troops now here.
About 2,500 troops left here this evening for the Relay House
It is supposed that they are intended for Baltimore
is said to be in very infirm health.
The city is one vast military camp.
is full of troops — quartered there. --The number of troops here now is variously estimated at 25,000 to 40,000.
Many of the companies are well uniformed and equipped, but some are poorly clad and present a very unfavorable aspect.
There are reports of an invasion of Alexandria
, but they cannot be traced to any authentic source, and your correspondent believes they are without any foundation.
The Washington Star, of Tuesday evening, says:
The Government has dispatched a steaming and a sufficient force to re-capture the Smith's Point Light-House
, on the Chesapeake
They have also stationed a vessel-of-war near Fort McHenry
Capt. G. W. Miller
, captain of the company, a squad of which killed Cornelius Boyd
, has been arrested in Washington
, and held to ball in the sum of $2,000. He denies that he ordered the squad to bring Boyd
, dead or alive.
The prospect of a war has given new life and vigor to almost every department connected with our Navy-Yard.
In the Ordnance department this is strikingly perceptible, and all hands are taxed to their utmost, making thirteen hours per day.
About 2 o'clock P. M., Monday, the side-wheel steamer Cataline
, of the New York and Bridgeport
, and the little screw packet Artisan, of the New York and Baltimore
transportation lines, arrived at the Yard
, having on board an immense amount of stores, consisting of mess beet, pork and bacon, flour, vinegar, tin-ware
, &c., together with several tons of lead.
A large amount of hay in bales was also brought on the Artisan.
About 5 o'clock the little tug Robert Leslie
brought over from the Arsenal the steamship Star of the South
, followed by the side- wheel steamer Wyoming
, which took off from the Star of the South
quite an amount of freight.
Last night at 9½ o'clock, the Fourth New York Regiment arrived in this city direct from Annapolis
by rail, and marched at once to the quarters over Woodward
's hardware store, in D street, between Tenth and Eleventh streets.
The new sloop-of-war Pensacola
is rapidly approaching completion, and will be ready for sea in a few weeks.
It is stated positively here that Gen. Beauregard
reached Richmond, Va.
, on the night before last.
Last night the stores of C. W. Boteler
& Son, and Boteler
, in the iron building on the Avenue
, between Ninth and Tenth streets, was entered by robbers, who succeeded in finding the key of the iron safe, and stole over $400 in money.
Geo. C. Whiting
, late Commissioner
of Pensions, has been appointed by the Secretary of the Interior
to a $2,000 per annum position in his department, created to carry out the late law of Congress in connection with the return of Africans found on slave ships.
The Washington Star discredits the report that Alexandria
is to be occupied by the Federal
troops; while, on the contrary, a Washington correspondent of the Baltimore Sun says:
I credit the report that exists among the R. I. military, that a strong battalion of their regiment is immediately to occupy Alexandria
Exclusive of District of Columbia volunteers, the number of bayonets now within the city and at Annapolis
is just about twenty thousand.
As Harper's Ferry
and the Norfolk Navy-Yard
are simply seats of ruin, I do not credit the reports that the forces are to be scattered and weakened by diversions in those directions.
The same writer professes to be well informed upon military movements in Virginia
; but taking the following for a sample, and adopting his own language, his ‘"ideas are not worth much:"’
The Virginia troops left Alexandria
on Friday, and we have reports from across the river that the Washington
battalion is at Culpeper Court-House.
As General Harney
's trip to and from Richmond
was made in the night, he was not expected to ascertain where the Virginia
troops are in force.
Persons inexperienced in military matters, who occasionally reach this point, say that there is not a great force at Richmond
, but of course their ideas on that score are not worth much.
We quote one more paragraph:
's health is very much broken.
He intends, as I hear in a high quarter, to visit Kentucky
and address the people in behalf of the Union
, for which he has a religious devotion.
, May 6.-- Gov. Andrew
has notified the Secretary of the Navy
has purchased the steamers Massachusetts
and South Carolina
, recently employed as packets between Boston
: that they are thoroughly equipped and manned, and are ready for sea and any Government service.
asks for authority to commission commanders.
The Secretary of the Navy
or the President
has no such authority.
They can only be received in the service as auxiliary to the Navy, and must be commanded by a regular commissioned naval officer.
If they are not thus employed, they will be used by the State
to ply within Massachusetts
waters, to protect the commerce of that State.
The Secretary of War
, in order to accommodate the traveling public, has directed the opening of the military route between Washington
, by way of Annapolis
, to two daily trains.
Those from the North
leaving-Philadelphia at 10½ a. m. and 11 o'clock p. m.
The President has appointed Lieut. Nicholson Adjutant and inspector
of the marine corpse, vice Taylor
The Government has declined accepting more than one regiment of the three months volunteers from Michigan
They will, however, receive two regiments under the latest proclamation.
The proclamation issued by the Mayor
, requiring that drinking establishments be closed at 9.30 each night, was by advice of our military authorities.
On Saturday Senator Wilson
suggested to high executive officers the adoption of such a measure, in view of the fact that some of the troops were evidently becoming demoralized by the free use of intoxicating liquors.