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s--Negroes for Washington. A dispatch from Nashville, dated the 15th, says a large amount of supplies will be massed there, when the grand army of the West will proceed towards East Tennessee. It adds that "Gen. Rosecrans intends to hang all the guerrillas, and defies the threatened rebel retaliation." A dispatch from Fortress Monroe says: All the able-bodied contrabands here and at Hampton have recently been taken to Washington, and those unable to work are to be sent to Craney Island. A conversation between Mr. Adams and Earl Russell about contraband trade. Private letters of a semi-official nature relative to the contraband trade carried on by English merchants with the rebels, containing some information about the views entertained by the English Cabinet on that subject, have been received in Washington. It seems that not long since our Minister in London had a conversation with Earl Russell, in which he complained, in energetic language, of the damage i
ill be so easy that, excepting Charleston, we may expect them to fall without serious resistance. Affairs in Norfolk — the condition of the contrabands at Craney Island. A letter in the New York Herald, from Norfolk, says "thanksgiving day" was kept there by order of Gen. Vicle, on the 27th ult. All the "Unitedxport the same. Hence the farmers can find no object in glutting the market with articles for which there is a limited sale. The colony of contrabands at Craney Island is flourishing. Capt. Ludlow at present issues over 6,000 rations per diem to the negroes congregated there, for which the Government receives the labor (such officers here, as also the Adjutant General of Gen. Dix's staff, Col. D. T. Van Buren, of treating them uncivilly. The cost of maintaining the contrabands at Craney Island alone is $180 per day. What must it be elsewhere? Capture of vessels running the blockade. The New York Herald of Monday, says: Three rebel sch
ery department is dead; no store is selling five dollars per day. Many Yankee stores have been opened, but they have now pretty well gathered in all the gold and silver in circulation, which was and is the only currency received. The Yankees, in getting Norfolk, certainly got five millions dollars which might have been saved by better management. The poor old Merrimac is still an object of great curiosity to visitors from Fort Monroe. So great a terror was she that when the boats pass Craney Island they crowd the side to gaze on the spot where her honored bones are ignobly reposing, and exclaim, "is it there ! is it there ! !" A gentleman, recently arrived at Knoxville from St. Louis, reports that only about the hundred Lincoln troops are left to govern the city. It is the opinion of the Lincolnites that the South is nearly whipped out, and that the war will soon be over. The most despotic Butlerism prevailed in St. Louis. Several young ladies, at the house of Mrs. Gatist,
three companies of "United States volunteers," consisting of runaway Negroes, daily on drill at the Marine Hospital. The whole military force stationed in Norfolk and Portsmouth is about 1,200 men, consisting of a Wisconsin and a Pennsylvania regiment of six hundred men each. There are two regiments, about 1,500 altogether, stationed at Suffolk. All of the material left by the Confederate army in the Navy Yard has been removed to Fortress Monroe or the North. The bombproof on Craney Island have been burned, and all the guns that could not be removed bursted. A portion of the Delaware regiment, stationed at Portsmouth, before the recent defeat of McClellan, mutinied because they received marching orders, as they supposed, for Richmond, and twenty were imprisoned. The regiment, however, was only sent to Suffolk, when the mutineers returned and were released. A few days ago the garrison at Suffolk shelled the woods in the vicinity, supposing an attack was to be mad
Affairs in lower Eastern Virginia. --The Petersburg Intelligencer, of Saturday, has the following intelligence from below. The reported 30,000 Yankees at Newport News is not at all likely: Passengers represent that a negro regiment is now garrisoning Craney Island, and that there are no Yankee soldiers in the vicinity of Suffolk, except one detachment at Wright's Mill and another at Bernard's Mill. A patrol of Yankees visit Suffolk every day. We regret to learn that Mr. John W. Ames, late one of the proprietors of the Bollingbrook Hotel, in attempting to visit his family within the Yankee lines, a day or two since, was nabbed by the miscreants and sent to Fort Norfolk. We were informed by a gentleman on yesterday that one of the Confederate detectives managed to get, a few days since, within two miles of Old Point, and on his return reported that he saw a transport land troops at Newport News, and heard a Yankee say that thirty thousand troops were at that point.
number of others were wounded and some were taken prisoners; but notwithstanding this, the loss of the rebels was still greater. The skirmish was quite brisk for a time, but the guerillas were finally forced to retire. It is said that Craney Island, so long used as barracks for the contrabands of this department, will, as it now has been abandoned for that purpose, be set apart for rebel prisoners. Those that are now confined on Johnson's Island, Lake Erie, will, in all probability, be transported here within a short time. The reasons which are the most potent for the use of Craney Island for this purpose are, that it is situated in a climate more congenial to the health of those confined; that it is easy of access in the forwarding of supplies, and that it is nearer the point of exchange for the delivery of prisoners. A whale of an enormous size has been, during the present week, observed sporting in the Elizabeth river, off Sewell's Point. Should some one succeed in
bracing merchants, farmers, soldiers, citizens, women, and negroes. The "O. D." says it has leaked out the exact number of rebels now in the field is 190,000. Butler has appeared in a new character — that of founder of a Magdalene Asylum on Craney Island. The paper says: We are informed that Gen. Butler is contemplating, if he has not already accomplished, a grand reformatory, industrial, and charitable enterprise, whereby the "social evils," which are so numerous in these two cities, n women now in Norfolk and Portsmouth, who make a living by their shame, is not less than twenty-three hundred; This appears almost incredible; but the effect of war, it must be remembered, is "horribly demoralizing." Be that as it may, however, it is now reported that Gen. Butler intends transporting all these unhappy women to Craney Island, where they will be furnished with sewing to do for the soldiers in this department, and enabled to earn a livelihood in a reputable and honest fashion.
Deceased. --Rhesa-Allen, a venerable citizen of Shenandoah county, Va., died on the 7th instant. He was one of those recently pardoned by the President as belonging to the 20,000 class. He participated in the war of 1812, particularly at Crany Island.
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