From the South-Side.
The Petersburg Express
learns that thirty Union
families of Portsmouth
have, during the past week, packed up their furniture and clothing and departed for the North
Whether this is done to evade military duty under Lincoln
's recent proclamation, or whether they have heard talk of an evacuation of the seaboard cities, is not known.
It is not likely that women and children would leave to evade military duty, and it is reasonable to conclude that evacuation has been strongly hinted at.
Gentlemen who arrived in Petersburg
on Tuesday evening, say it is the belief of many who reside in the neighborhood that the enemy are evacuating Suffolk
On Saturday night nine large guns, which have been in position around the town, were placed on board a couple of steamers and carried below.
Other movements look very much like a contemplated evacuation, and that at an early day.
Many of the refugees from Prince George county
are returning to their homes.
It is gratifying to learn that the destruction of private property has not been so great as represented.
All the poultry and negroes have been carried off, but furniture generally has not been disturbed.