[special Correspondence of the Dispatch.]
Steamers leave the city regularly for Craney Island
, &c. The steamer Wilson
goes twice a day, morning and afternoon.
In favorable weather she is generally crowded with passengers, among whom are often many ladies and children, who find the trip of four miles down, stopping an hour to see the splendid fortifications and surrounding scenery of land and water, and returning by moonlight, or in the cool of the evening a pleasant change from the confinement and bustle of city life and a healthful recreation.
Practicing with the big guns at the fortifications on the shore of the Naval Hospital grounds
, was witnessed yesterday afternoon by a number of persons on the Norfolk
side of the river, and by visitors to the batteries.
The splash and spray caused by the ricochet of the heavy balls, and the explosion of the shells, at the distance of four miles down the river, as far as Craney Island
, give evidence of the great projectile force of these powerful pieces of ordnance.
It appears that the fire on Wednesday night was the work of daring robbers and incendiaries, whose principal object was to get money from the iron safe.
About thirty uniform coats, valued at $35 each, are among the goods lost and damaged by fire and water.
The loss of Messrs. Farant
& Co., we learn, is more than $2,000.
I regret to mention that private John O'Connor
, of the Tuskegee Light Infantry, died on Tuesday last.
The disease was chronic diarrhoea.
The remains were escorted to the depot of the Seaboard and Roanoke Railroad on Wednesday afternoon, by a detachment of the company of which he was a member, to be for warded to his relatives in the South His friends abroad will be gratified to know that he received every needed attention in his sickness, and that woman's soft hands and kind, consolatory words were not wanting in the dying soldier's quiet, closing moments "As sleep the brave" &c.
, of the Portsmouth
Rifle Company, was buried yesterday morning with military honors.
The Princess Anne Greys
, a new company, from the sterling old county of Princess Anne, was mustered in Major Lamo
's Battalion yesterday.
It has not been decided whether this will be a company of infantry or artillery.
The members are strong, active, fighting men, and like the very smell of gunpowder.
Accustomed, as all Southerners are, to the use of fire-arms, many of them noted as superior marksmen, and accustomed to the hardships common to the coast, they will evidently be among the most formidable men of the many legions that this old State has sent into the field.
The officers of this new company are men of the right stamp.
The indomitable energy and fearlessness of Carter Williams
on several occasions, when daring exploits and almost reckless exposure were required to save life and property, are among the reasons for believing that the company has made a good selection of one to command them and to lead the charge whenever the contest shall come.
The officers are: Captain
, W. Carter Williams
; First Lieutenant, Charles R. Grandy
; Second Lieutenant
, Dr. J. E. Bell
; Junior Second Lieutenant
, James M. Brickhouse
The gallantry of the almost youthful commander of the new bait lion, as displayed at the battle of Sewell's Point
, his ability as a commander, and his high-toned, gentlemanly bearing, are already known and acknowledged.
A circumstance connected with the mustering in of the company alluded to, is worthy of mention here.
A youth of 17, well known here for his intelligence, energy of character and active patriotism, and familiarly called "Mike," presented himself to be enrolled for such duties as might be required of him.--A physical defect, however, preventing his acceptance, he turned away with tearful eyes; but the Irish blood quickly crimsoning his boyish face, he declared that he would enlist by some means and prepare to fight in the battle for Southern liberty — and he will.
The recent court martial at the Entrenched Camp
having some doubt about its authority to try C. W. Bryan
, who was suspected of giving intelligence to the enemy, the case was referred to the Secretary of War
, and by him referred to the Governor
was suspected of having written a letter over a feigned name to his brother in Washington
, giving intelligence of our defences, &c., which letter was found in the possession of a person on board a steamer with a flag of truce from Norfolk
to Old Point
; but as the only evidence of his having written it was the resemblance between his writing and that of the letter the Governor
did not think he ought to be held in confinement.