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declaring that they knew nothing about Burnside. They were brought up to Petersburg. The conflicting accounts they give of Burnside would indicate that they are spies, and have deserted for the sole purpose of deceiving our officers as to Burnside's movements. Information from a gentleman who was within five miles of Portsmouth on Wednesday night states that Burnside's forces were janding in large numbers at Portsmouth all day Wednesday. The enemy hold Suffolk, and have sent out forest in every direction. They now occupy every road leading to that town. A large force, estimated by some to number between three and four thousand, quartered at Philips's Mill Thursday night, nine miles this side of Suffolk; one thousand stayed at Hardy Chapman's, one mile from Zatil, on the Norfolk and Petersburg road, the same night and a party who was at Wind or went off Thursday night in the direction of Franklin. Spears is said to be also operating in the direction of Franklin.
Affairs in Gloucester. [Correspondence of the Richmond Dispatch.] Gloucester Co., Va., April 13. The Yankee in this region are troublesome, Spears's cavalry, stationed at Glouster Point, have made several raids through the county recently, stealing and destroying the actual necessaries of life from the defenceless inhabitants. The gunboats continue their usual voyages up York over as far as West Point. Last week a deserter, named Woodard, from the Gloucester Light Dragoons, escorted by several marines, burnt a barn, filled with grain, belonging to Lieut Leavitt, of same company. Large fleets of Eastern vessels are busily engaged stealing oysters, Brig Gen. Wistar, commanding at Yorktown, informs the citizens that for every vessel that is destroyed by our troops he (Gen Wistar) intends retaliating by applying the torch to some peaceful dwelling located on the river. Surely the condition of the Gloucester people is heart-rending. A. J. A.