A gentleman direct from the neighborhood informs the Petersburg Express
that the Yankee
vandals are roaming the counties of Nansemond
and Isle of Wight
, stealing negroes, bacon, and horses, and arresting every citizen whose loyalty to the Confederate States
The following gentlemen have been arrested, some of them manacled and dragged off to the Rip Raps
: James Dillard
, E. Bev
, James M. Holland
, Wm. Lawrence
, Alexander Ashburn
, Robert R. Pinner
, Addison Ashburn
, Charles Holland
, J. Y. Council, M. Norfleet
, Joseph Y. Council, Charles Sumner
, and David P. Wright
The two latter were placed in irons and marched off under a file of Dutch Yankees from Pennsylvania
is charged with the murder
of a notorious free negro, named David Sawyer
, under the following circumstances:
have employed for some time past a lot of free negroes, who scour the country, tamper with slaves, and use every means to entice them from their owners.
A few days since, upon going into his field, Mr. Sumner
discovered several of his slaves in conversation with Sawyer
, which greatly enraged him. He ordered his negroes to return to their work, and told Sawyer
that he should not speak to his slaves under any pretext whatever.--Sawyer
replied that he had not spoken to them--Mr. Sumner
insisted that he had, and told him that he had seen him talking to them; whereupon Sawyer
called Mr. S. ‘"a d — d liar,"’ at the same time drawing a huge Bowie
knife, and advancing towards him. Mr. Sumner
immediately seized a fence rail, and commenced backing, while Sawyer
advanced and brandished his knife in a most threatening manner.
With the rail Mr. Sumner
succeeded in keeping the villain back until a corner of the fence had been reached, where his gun lay. He then quickly seized the weapon, which Sawyer
no sooner saw than he started to run. Mr. Sumner
fired, the load taking effect in the negro's back, and literally cutting him to pieces.
The negro died next day in great agony, and Mr. Sumner
's arrest was effected a few hours subsequently.
From Mr. Dillard
, the Yankees
stole some eight or ten thousand pounds of bacon and lard, and then carried him to the Rip Raps
, because he refused to take the oath of allegiance to the Lincoln
were arrested upon the charge of having purchased bacon for the Confederate Government.
The Rev. Putnam Owen
of the Baptist church, was arrested last Sunday at Windsor
, Isle of Wight
, and Alex. Ashburn
, postmaster at Windson, and Robert R. Pinner
, assistant postmaster
, were arrested at the same time.
In many instances the Lincoln
thieves have swept everything from the premises they visited, not leaving the females and children of the family a pound of meat or a single horse.
A perfect reign of terror prevails in some portions of Nansemond
and Isle of Wight
counties, and the people are leaving their homes by night, and secreting themselves in the forests during the day, so that they may escape the clutches of the invaders, and reach, if possible, the Confederate
lines, which do not now extend beyond Blackwater
No more true or loyal people than those who are now beneath the despot's heel in that section live in the Confederate States
, and they complain greatly that the Government
does not extend them some protection.
The loss to the Confederate States
in bacon and lard in that section will be immense.