--The Petersburg Express
has some news direct from Suffolk
Four days ago there were about 20,000 Yankees at Suffolk
and between there and Norfolk
The rumor which has prevailed here for several days, that Suffolk
was being evacuated, has no foundation in truth.
Many of the large guns mounted while General Long
street was in the vicinity have been removed, and fortifications are being thrown up at Bowers's Hill, eight miles above Portsmouth
This probably gave rise to the rumor.
The Yankee pickets now extend only a few miles from Suffolk
, in the direction of Blackwater
, though the cavalry are frequently passing through the country surrounding.
Our informant was in Suffolk
during the siege of General Longstreet
, and represents the Yankees
as being greatly alarmed.
attacked the place on the first day of his arrival, it could have been taken with little loss on our side.
But after reinforcements arrived a determined resistance would have been made.
All the citizens arrested here have been released except Richard Hozier
, who is still held for some cause unknown.
is still a prisoner in Suffolk
, and sick in the hospital.
The depredations have been much increased since Longstreet
's forces retired, and the whole country surrounding Suffolk
is being desolated — scores of families driven out from home without a change of clothes or a mouthful to eat.
The following is a correct list of houses burned during and since the siege of Longstreet
, viz: Elisha Norfleet
's houses on his Hand place, Pugh place, and Rawls place; John R Kilby's Retreat farm; F H Rawls
B Norfleet's Lassiter farm; Mills
, Mrs Gibbs
, Elisha Everett
, H L Eppea's barn and outhouses; Richard Lawrence
, George W Riddick
, Thomas Briggs
, George R Smith
, Amos Stallings
, Franklin Brothers, Benj
D Smith's Jones place, Irajia Langston
, David P Wright
, Hardy Norfleet
, A J Raby, Mrs
J W Cherry
's barn, Daniel
, John D McClenny
R Saunders's Parker place and his mill, N E Pruden
, Nathaniel G Norfleet
, Amos R Harrel
, E J Pruden
, Mrs Mary Pruden
, Richard T Riddick's Keeling place, A W Turner, Sr
, A W Turner, Jr
, Samuel Eley
, and the barn and out-houses of Jesse Fulghman
And further up toward the Blackwater
the houses of John Simons
, Joshua Simons
, Wm H Gay
, John R Clements
, and Walter H Eley
, have been burned.
The whole country is being ruined.
Many families robbed of everything like clothing and provisions, whose houses have not been burned.
All the records of the Clerk
's office in Suffolk
have been removed to Fortress Monroe
The presses and type of the Christian Sun
office have also been carried off North recently.