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From Norfolk. the latest from North Carolina--frigates in Huston Roads, &c. [Special correspondence of the Dispatch.] Norfolk, Feb. 18th, 1862. Notwithstanding the exciting news recently received from Roanoke Island, and the defeat of the comparatively small number of Confederate troops there by a fleet of gunboats and a large and well drilled army, the principal subject of interest here now is the battle at Fort Donelson. Much anxiety is felt with regard to the result of that important engagement. May it be glorious for the sons of freedom. It is stated, by persons recently from North Carolina, that there are no Yankee troops at or near Curritax Court-House. Some of the inhabitant left their homes on hearing of the approach of the enemy, but no person had been in the neighborhood referred to. It is stated that the Federals had sunk a or two, loaded with corn, at the South of the Albemarle and Chesapeake , and afterwards returned to the island. There i
additional particulars of the Roanoke fight — operations of our fleet. Norfolk, Feb. 18th, 1862. From a gentleman who participated in the late action of our little fleet under Com. Lynch, I glean some interesting particulars, which I hasten to spread before your readers. The point to which the enemy mainly directed his fire was near the South end of the island, where the Sound is about three and three-quarter miles wide. A row of piles had been driven and extended within three-quarters of a mile of Roanoke Island, and about one mile and a half of Croatian, which is opposite. On Thursday, about daylight, a large fleet of vessels was seen below Roanoke marshes, about ten miles to the South of the island, where it remained all day, owing to the very heavy fog and rain which prevailed. Friday, the weather being clear, the fleet, drawn up in line of battle, advanced, and at precisely 10.15 A. M. opened fire on the little squadron under Com. Lynch, which
General Assembly of Virginia.Senate. Tuesday, Feb. 18, 1862. The Senate was opened with prayer by Bishop Early. Upon motion of Mr. Johnson, of Bedford, the Senate took a recess of half an hour in order to witness the meeting of the Confederate States Congress. The Senate re-assembled at one o'clock. Mr. Johnson, from the Committee on Roads and Internal Navigation, to whom was referred a resolution to inquire into the expediency of providing for the speedy completion of the Alexandria, Loudoun and Hampshire Railroad, submitted a report that it is inexpedient to legislate upon the subject.--Concurred in. Bills presented. Bills were presented from standing committees: To amend and re-enact an ordinance of the Convention authorizing the county courts to make provision for the maintenance of the families of soldiers in the actual service of the State or of the Confederate States. To provide for and regulate the salary of the third clerk in the Tr
House of Delegates. Tuesday, Feb. 18, 1862. The House met at 11 o'clock A. M. The Speaker (Mr. Kemper) in the Chair. Mr. Sheffey, from the Committee on Roads, reported a bill authorizing the sales of stock held by the State in turnpike and plank roads. On motion of Mr. Fleming, the bill for the prevention of the distillation of grain by distillers, or other manufacturers, other than that grown by themselves, was taken up. Mr. Collier moved to strike out the words "other than that grown by themselves," which was adopted. Mr. McDonald, of Hampshire, moved to amend by making it the duty of the Courts, the moment of the presentation, to cause the grain and property of the defendant to be seized. Mr. Sheffey moved to amend the amendment by giving the defendant ten days in which to give bond to answer the judgment of the court, and to have forthcoming all property liable to forfeiture under the judgment. Adopted — ayes 72, noes 7. Mr. Collier moved
tap of the Speaker's gavel, was a complete jam, the crowd consisting of the members elect, the members of the Virginia Legislature, citizens, and last, though not least, a considerable number of ladies — all anxious to witness the proceedings incident to an occasion so interesting, and yet so solemn and impressive. Dense as was the throng, and meagre as the accommodations were, there was not the slightest demonstration of disorder, and everything passed off quietly. Senate. Tuesday, Feb. 18, 1862. The Senate convened at noon. The Vice President elect of the Confederate States, Hon. A. H. Stephens, in the Chair. The Vice President, under the authority of the Constitution, formally opened the session of the Senate. He called the attention of Senators to the published acts passed by the Provisional Congress, and caused the temporary clerk to read the last clause of the permanent Constitution; also, the act of the Provisional Congress putting in operation the permanent