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Things about Suffolk. --Things about Suffolk have been more quiet for a week or two past and many ladies, who left town, when a fight was expected, are returning to their homes. There is no doubt but it was laid out in the programme of the Burnside expedition to attack Suffolk after the fall of Roanoke Island, and by getting possession of Suffolk and the two railroads at this place, Norfolk might be attacked in the rear, and probably forced to surrender. The plan was to approach Suffolk from the direction of Edenton, Winton or some point on the Chowan, by a land force, while the gunboats at Old Point would attempt to ascend the Nansemond river, at the same time. But while Burnside was maturing his grand scheme, the iron-clad Virginia paid a visit to Hampton Roads, and demolished everything in her way. This made the proposed attempt to ascend the Nansemond with gunboats wholly impracticable, and changed the whole programme of Burnside. He immediately concentrated his fleet at
federacy the Northern armies would be subjected to almost every conceivable disadvantage. But, in the attacks made by the North against the South, the former has the choice of nearly the whole hostile seaboard, from the coast of Virginia to the mouth of the Mississippi. It was needful therefore for the South to be as strong at every point on the seaboard as the North could render itself at any one point. President Davis however, lakes no comfort from this he acknowledges the fall of Roanoke island to be extremely humiliating to the South. But the looks, nevertheless. upon this disaster and that of Fort Donelson as merely exceptional and speaks only the language of encouragement and confidence. The financial side of the Southern President's picture is certainly the most cheerful. He shows that the annual expenditure of the Southern Confederation has not exceeded $175,000,000. Mr. Davis may boast with reason that this does not amount to one-third of the annual expenditure o
ely believe a man guilty of uttering such silly falsehoods except on the plea of ignorance: I learn from Norfolk that the military stationed there from the Gull States have been very severe on the Virginia chivalry since their defeat at Roanoke Island Even the Richmond Blues, the very pink of the chivalry, have fallen in estimation, and no one is willing to do honor to the prisoners relieved by General Burnside. All award bravery to O. Jennings Wise, but his father has so fallen in public estimation that he is proclaimed on the streets of Norfolk as a coward and poltroon. In his escape from Nag's Head she rode thirty miles on horseback, notwithstanding he had previously reported himself to be too ill to remain on Roanoke Island at the head of his command. Wise and Floyd now rank together as "the fleet-footed." giving a new interpretation to the F. F. Vets, as signifying "Fleeted Footed- Virginians!" by informant assures me that Wise would be if he were to appear in the street
s it that I notice the Northerners have been getting the best of us at Forts Henry, Donelson, and Fishing Creek. I thought one Southerner, could whip five Yankees" "Oh," replied the Colonel, "you see these troops were from Ohio, Indiana, and Illinois. They are descendants of Kentuckians and Tennessean, who removed from these States across the Ohio years ago. They are of our own stock, and are as good lightens as our own soldiers." Well, then, how was it about Burnside's victory at Roanoke Island ? Were these Ohio, Indiana, and Illinois soldiers too ? To this interrogatory the Colonel replied that he did not know, and hastily bidding the lady good day, left her. This is my first effort at speaking in four months, and I find that I am getting hoarse and must stop. Thank God, I can now see daylight. This wicked rebellion is about played out; all that is needed to finish the work is "a little more grape, Captain Bragg." Grape for the measles, and hemp for the leader
Congress, yesterday. There was no business of importance in the public session of the House of Represents yesterday. Mr. Garther, from the special committee to whom was referred the investigation of the at Roanoke Island, submitted a long hyreport, which was laid on the table and ordered to be printed. A resolution was passed authorizing the payment of the clerk of the committee and witnesses for their attendance. Mr. Conrad, chairman of the Naval Committee, announced that be had some bills which he desired the House to consider in secret session, and the floors were cleared and the doors classed.
The Roanoke Island Affair. --The Congressional Committee appointed to investigate the causes of our disaster on Roanoke Island in February last, has made its report. The following is the conclusion, from which it will be seen that the whole bl his superior Officer the Governor of North Carolina, and other persons, that he was fully alive to the importance of Roanoke Island, and has devoted his whole time, and energies, and means, to the defences of that position; and that he is in no way 5,000 men, a large supply of armament and ammunition, and could have thrown in a few hours a large reinforcement upon Roanoke Island, and that himself and the Secretary of war had timely notice of the entire inadequacy of the defences, the want of meo report that, whatever of blame and responsibility is justly attributable to any one for the defeat of our troops at Roanoke Island, on the 8th of February, 1862, should attach to Major-General B. Huger and the late Secretary of War, J. P. Benjamin.
re the war began. He pilfered from his pockets with one hand, and did his best al away our mental independence with other. The war has changed his methods, but not his principles. He has substituted military robbery for financial and commercial robbery, and instead of the Abolition it capture upon which he formerly relied, he s to delivering lectures to helpless pris and to administering oaths to intim citizens. While O. Jennings Wise was lying mortally wounded, a prisoner on Roanoke Island, he was approached by a beastly Federal Surgeon who, instead of using his professional to soothe the agony of the dying man, embraced the occasion to sent the exultation of his brutal soul over the scene of Confederate disaster by predicting the speedy restoration of the Union. His brutality was irreplaceable. The instincts of a Hottentot would have taught him more charity and gentleness in such a situation. But this Yankee vulture must plunge his foul beak to the eyes in the mortal
rrimac, collected at that harbor last April. The schemes of the conspirators were too well laid to be fully discovered and averted by President Lincoln. The Navy-Yard buildings were fired, as were some of the ships, and others were soiled, including the Merrimac but the ammunition magazines, and those two or three thousand pieces of artillery with our hurried abandonment of Norfolk fell into the possession of the rebels. We have since recovered a number of those guns at Cape Hatteras, Roanoke Island, Newbern, and a way out at Fort Donelson, Columbus, and Island No.10. Had we recaptured Norfolk, as we might easily have done at any time between August and December last, we should have had very few of these rebel defences to overthrow, mounting from fifty to several hundred heavy guns, and no difficulty whatever now in the occupation of Yorktown. Why, then, has Norfolk been permitted so long to remain in possession of the enemy, when its extemporized defences, open at the top, li
it is useless to deny it. But we were anticipating it, and the public mind had already become prepared for it, before the truth had been fully ascertained. It is a heavy blow, but it is very far from being a fatal blow. We may expect to hear of disasters wherever the enemy's gunboats can be brought to bear, on all the points still in our possession. Give him all of them — every one--and still he is as far from his object as he was this time last year. Hatteras fell, Hilton Head fall, Roanoke Island fell, Donelson fell, New Orleans has fallen. But our great armies are still in the field. They have not fallen — they have not been worsted — they have always beaten the enemy, wherever they have encountered him. When they shall have been beaten and dispersed, so that they can never rally again, then it may be time to feel gloomy about our prospects. Until that time shall have arrived, it were unmanly to despond, far less to think of abandoning the cause. Even then the last resource <
Heavy Haul. --A man named E. C Jones, late a Lieutenant in a company from New Orleans, attached to the Wise Legion, who was taken prisoner at Roanoke Island, but paroled, was arrested by policemen Perrin and Seal on Saturday and lodged in the cage, on the charge of stealing $10,000 in confederate Treasury notes at the Richmond House, from Peter Deane, a Quartermaster in the C. S. Army.--Jones will be remembered as the ringleader of a parcel of desperadoes, who, on several occasions last summer, manifested their presence in this city by various acts of rowdyism at the house of a cyprian on Cary street, which were afterwards investigated before the Mayor. We could not learn the manner in which the money was appropriated. If it is proved that he did steal it, an example should be made of him. Up to this time we have heard of no examples being made by punishing a single one of the many patriots who have helped themselves out of the public crib. The poor soldier fares badly if he w
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