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the Apprehended attack on Norfolk — Movements of the Federal fleet-- a good invention — release of John Williams, &c. Norfolk, Dec. 17, 1861. During the past week it was widely rumored that Norfolk would surely be attacked. Indeed, so sanguine were some that the prediction would come true, bets were freely made; but as yet they have not made their appearance. Nor is it probable they will for some time to come, as they are little disposed to undertake an adventure to onate brethren in Charleston. Appointments were made in the several wards to collect funds, and no doubt a good sum will be realized. This heavy calamity upon the good citizens of Charleston must excite the deepest sympathy of us all. Mr. John Williams, whose arrest and imprisonment in Fort Lafayette has been mentioned, we are glad to say has been released, and is now with his family in Baltimore. He is under bonds for $10,000 not to return again to Virginia, or take up arms against the
Promotion. --We take the following paragraph from the Tazewell Democrat, of the 16th inst: The rumor is current here, that Capt. John May, the gallant leader of the Confederates in the fight at Piketon, Ky., has been promoted to the rank of Colonel. He succeeds Col. Williams, who has been ordered to report himself at Richmond. It is said that Capt. May was the unanimous choice of the regiment.