[correspondence of the Richmond Dispatch.]
Norfolk, Va. Aug. 21, 1861.
A Spanish frigate went ashore off Cape Henry
beach on Monday evening. The Princes Anne Cavalry, on the beach, in attempting to render assistance, was fired at by the Quaker City
. Five shots were fired and one bomb, the bomb bursting just over the head of Captain Fentress
, of the cavalry, and came near killing several privates.
Fortunately, however, no one was hurt.
The Quaker City
then steered in the direction of Old Point
, where, it is thought, she went to get assistance to tow off the frigate.
The frigate succeeded in getting off some time during the night, and sailed up off the Fortress, where she was saluted by 21 guns by the shipping in the harbor.
Why this attack upon the cavalry by the Quaker City
, we are at a less to determine, except it be jealousy to give aid first to a foreign vessel.
She was at first supposed to be a French frigate, and was so reported by Capt. Fentress
in his report; but Capt. Milligan
, who went down to ascertain yesterday, reports her a Spanish frigate, just from Cuba
There were five men-of-war in the bay yesterday, probably there on account of the late showers in this section.
A flag of truce went from our city sometime last week and brought from Fort Monroe
, Mrs. Seabury
, wife of our excellent young townsman, Alfred Seabury
She has been in New York on a visit and has been unable to get home up to his time.
We understand she has been at Fortress Monroe
for some time, and bears a permit from General Butler
Her account of the gloom ruling the Northern
mind at the reception of the news from Manassas
, is scarcely conceivable; the military feeling having drooped amazingly.