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Affairs on the Peninsula — Seizure of
contraband goods, &c.

A correspondent, writing on the 4th instant from near Williamsburg, Va., gives us some account of affairs on the Peninsula. We give some extracts from his letter:

Owing to the utter demoralization of the Pennsylvania regiment of cavalry picketing in and out side of the town, it is avowed by the officers that the men are unfit for duty at any other point.--This verifies what Col. Campbell said of them on the occasion of the Confederate raid into the place, when Col. C. surrendered to our forces under Col. Stingler. Col. C. said: "I surrender, sir. My men are a act of d — d cowards" The Yankees acknowledge that the cost to the Abolitionist Government of holding Williamsburg is upwards of a million of dollars a year. At present they do not picket more than a mile from the town, and that is on the main stage road. I have frequently been within sight and hearing of their pickets at Waller's Mill and other points around the city, and at the crack of a stick they would be off in a moment. And frequently have I said. "Come on boys, let's charge them" and they would take to their heels and flee for the woods in the greatest dismay. Our forces in that direction have succeeded in driving them back to the burg and below it, so that now we are foraging below the six mile ordinary.

A short time ago the wives of the two Hotheimer brothers (Jews,) had succeeded in passing all the Yankee pickets except the one on the outpost, under the pretext of going to a grist mill. Each one of the females had a wagon load of contraband goods, (destined for Richmond,) covered over with bags of corn. The last picket alluded to being somewhat curious to know if the entire loads consisted of corn, thereupon turned one of the bags over, and immediately there appeared to view boxes, boots, etc. Upon further examination it was ascertained that the ladies had on their persons, under their hoop skirts, arranged in fantastic order, boots shoes, bag of coffee, sugar, tea, etc, one of the ladies having on as many as eight hoop skirts. They were immediately taken back to the city and reported to the Provost. On this occasion the Provost was acting only pro tem. The Provost in charge Capt. Hennessee, who had been bribed very largely by the Jews, was absent. Therefore they were kept under a guard and made to sit upon the wagons for half a day in the cold to await adjudication. For sport, the ladies were made to dismount and remount the wagons without assistance, which caused the sugar, coffee, etc., to break from their proper moorings, and each time sprinkle the ground profusely with the sweet edibles, etc.--These Jews, with the assistance of Capt Hennessee, had been sending through the lines quite $5,000 worth of goods a week for fellow extortioners in Richmond. But the Yankees made a worthy example of them by confiscating their goods in store and forwarding their persons on to Baltimore.

As a matter of humiliation to the pride of the editor of the Williamsburg (Va.) Gazette, E. H. Lively, Esq., and reflection upon the history of that paper, the oldest in the Commonwealth, for more than 125 years the advocate of civil liberty and the right of self-government, is now under an assumed name--Caviller--and the ban of military surveillance made to pander to the lusts of an invading horde under Yankee usurpation. It is proper to state that Ewing, who edits the Gazette, has no claim to the office whatever. He did own a portion of the office before the war, but moved his interest in it to Norfolk. E. H. and R. A. Lively are the patriotic gentlemen to whem the office really belongs, but who have been driven from their homes, and their property handed over to this man.

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