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d thus strengthened the little army scouted and scoured the country far and near, with no mean success; for near Elizabeth City our men came unexpectedly upon a camp or lurking place of guerillas. The nest was broken up, several captures made, and those who escaped were dispersed in all directions. I believe that but five were captured, the rest escaping by reason of their unprecedented display of agility. Information from the front of our forces gives us knowledge of the fact that Gens. French and Wise, with their troops, have been removed respectively from the Blackwater and the Peninsula to some more important point further South. Gen. Pickett commands the defences of Richmond and the area over which the former two Generals kept surveillance. The rebel force is represented as very weak indeed, owing to the constant drafts toward Rosecrans and Meade. Fortress Monroe, Oct. 24, 1863. --The propeller Virginia, Captain Snyder, arrived this morning from New York, with about
Robbers Foiled. --On Tuesday night last a party of rogues from this city procured a boat, and, with the hope of making a raise in grain, pulled to the south side of the river, below the Falls plantation, landed at Col. S. Bassett French's farm, and, each supplied with empty bags and oil cloth wrappings, proceeded to his corn-house, and commenced appropriating his grain to their purposes. They had made but little progress when the Colonel's guards discovered them and reported to him what was going on.--Feeling no disposition to have his grain thus distributed without his consent, the Colonel sallied out, well armed, and opening a flank fire upon the thieves, caused them to beat a hasty retreat, leaving their bags, wrapping, and boat in his hands. The Colonel continued the watch through the night, and as no one appeared to lay claim to the boat he yesterday morning ordered it to be destroyed. Farmers in the neighborhood of Richmond are so much annoyed by prowling thieves of ever