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Latest from Norfolk and Portsmouth.An intelligent gentleman, who was in Norfolk on Saturday and Sunday last, and who left Portsmouth on Monday evening at half-past 6 o'clock, furnishes the editor of the Petersburg Express with the following interesting account of the situation of affairs in that section of the State: The Federals had full possession of the two cities, and their pickets extended out on every road beyond the suburbs of both places, How our informant clouded these pickets, it is not necessary here to state; but he did clued them, and relates many interesting incidents which came under his observation during Saturday, Sunday and Monday. The city of Norfolk was formally surrendered by Mayor Lamb to Gen. Wool Saturday evening about dark, the latter immediately returning to Fortress Monroe. Several large war vessels came up to Norfolk Saturday night, among the number the Minnesota, and anchored in the stream fronting the city. These vessels were piloted to Norfolk through the narrow passage in Elizabeth river by the traitor Tobias, who ran off to Old Point Thursday, while in discharge of important duties entrusted to him by the Confederate authorities. Our informant is unable to recall the name of the military commandant of Norfolk, but he has established his headquarters at the Atlantic Hotel, and the soldiers of Lincoln on Saturday evening and Sunday crowded the streets to such an extent that it was difficult for one to make his way through them. At a dress parade on Ward's farm Sunday afternoon, 6,000 Federal soldiers were present, and they all exhibited admirable drill and discipline. The soldiers upon dismissal, scattered themselves thickly about the late entrenched camp of the Confederates, and the officers expressed astonishment, that with such fortifications the Confederates should have dreamed of evacuating the place. Gen. Wool was loud in his expressions of astonishment at the evacuation, and declared in the presence of several, that with such fortifications by land and water, and the Merrimac guarding the Roads, he could have held Norfolk against any force that might have been brought against it. On Sunday morning, at 10 o'clock, the Seminole steamed up to the city. A crowd of a thousand or more persons assembled on Chamberlain's wharf, for the want of something else to do, which the commander of the Federal steamer construed into a welcome to the ‘"old-flag" ’ Instantly all hands were beat to quarters, every flag was flung to the breezes, the jack tars manned the rigging, and gave three hearty cheers. This jubilant demonstration was responded to by the crowd with nine groans, which were given with a strength of lung distinctly audible at the wharf in Portsmouth. The Federals were taken all aback, and the gallant tars dropped from the rigging with much more alacrity than they had manned them. The h dyards having been cut by the Confederates, a sailor ‘"shinned"’ the flag-staff on the Custom House Sunday morning about 6 o'clock, and having adjusted the ropes, the Stars and Stripes were speedily run up. A few faint cheers from a crowd of drunken Federals in front of the Atlantic Hotel was the only, but befitting, reception with which the Yankee bunting was greeted. We are assured that the great mass of the Norfolk people are as true and loyal to the Confederate Government as those of any portion of the South. One citizen, named Kayton, a dealer in musical instruments, was so loud and out spoken in his laudations of our own and denunciations of the Lincoln Government, that the military commandant of Norfolk has caused him to be arrested. This is the only arrest that has come to our informant's knowledge. Portsmouth was surrendered by Mayor Nash about the same hour Saturday evening as Norfolk. A Federal General named Wyman, having been appointed Military Governor of the place, received the surrender, embracing the occasion to assure the people that the Yankees came not to destroy property, but to restore order; to relieve an oppressed people, and refasten that g-a-l-o-r-i- o-u sold flag which had been so long concealed from the view of the dear Portsmouth people. Much other gasconade and highfalutin kind of sentiment were indulged in, but we have quoted enough to give the reader an idea of the style. We regret to hear that a strongly traitorous feeling has manifested itself in Portsmouth, and that several citizens of that place made themselves prominently officious in offering their obeisance to the new comers, and proffering their services in any capacity which might be desired. One man, who had long acted as a detective for the Confederate Provost Marshal, shouted lustily for the Stars and Stripes, and in order to effectually cloak his hypocrisy, concealed an onion in his hand-kerchief, and shed copious tear of rejoicing at the sight of every blue coat and brass button he encountered. Meeting a loyal citizen of the South, he could not withstand the gaze of an honest man, but bowed his head, while his checks suddenly became crimsoned with shame. The Federal officers made diligent inquiry about the destruction of the Navy-Yard, and earnestly solicited information of the whereabouts of any who had been engaged in the incendiary proceeding. Five hundred Ya e cavalry escorted General Wyman to Portsmouth, and took possession of the officers' buildings in the Navy-Yard. They had been spired for reasons which we have already given. The Federals endeavored to make themselves very agreeable to the people of Portsmouth, and stated holy that but few of them would remain there. The greater portion of their men, they said, would speedily take up the line of march for Richmond; that the ‘"rebellion"’ was now on its last legs, and that they expected the ‘ "rebel"’ capital to fall without the fighting of another battle. Monday morning a wagon drove up to the Market-House in Portsmouth, and swept every pound of beef from the butchers' stalls. Upon being told that the citizens desired to live, the Commissary replied that the citizens must dispense with beef for the present, as he desired it for the soldiers. The owners, however, were promptly paid to the last cent in gold and sliver. The Federal soldiers all expressed the most profound amusement at the destruction of the Merrimac. They said she had made them feel more uneasy than any other event of the war, and the opinion at Old Point was general that she was the most formidable war vessel ever constructed. But one regret mingled with the universal rejoicing which her wanton destruction had produced, and that was the fact that she had not come into Yankee possession intact.
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