[special correspondence of the Dispatch.]
Norfolk, May 18, 1861.The trains of the past day or two have brought new accessions to our troops, and our city presents quite a military appearance. Six of Lincoln's boats are reported off Old Point. When they think of giving us a visit, a warm reception is promised. The Old Dominion Guards, in command of Capt. Culpeper, came over from Portsmouth yesterday, and are stationed some distance up the road. Enthusiasm here is great, and in the Old North State troops await orders to join us, and will come within seven hours notice. They are willing to come if their daily allowance is to be served out at three crackers per day. Some of the soldiers here, unused to our water, have in consequence taken sick.--Twenty-two are at this time inmates of our hospital. The two brothers of the young man, Smith, who died in Portsmouth a short time since, are both lying sick. They are properly cared for by the patriotic ladies of that city. I am glad to know an arrangement has been made whereby our soldiery at the various points will be allowed the benefits of religious worship. This is a commendable move, and one that must result in great good to the military. It is reported that Mrs. Pendergrast declines living with her husband, if he does not immediately resign. I cannot vouch for the truth of this, but hope it is so. Too much credit cannot be awarded to the devoted ladies of our city. Since the arrival of the first company, their hands have been busy, and in no instance have their hearts been reckless in yielding to the substantial wants of those who have come from afar to defend our land. Truly are they ministering angels upon earth, and all praise is due them. Luna.