[special correspondence of the Dispatch.]
Petersburg, May 25, 1861.
After several days of chilly weather, during which fires and overcoats were comfortable, the temperature is now balmy and delighful.
During the late cold rains, some of our companies of volunteers at Norfolk
suffered a good deal.
The Cavalry, especially, were exposed; and many of the members who came up with the remains of Captain Fisher
are laboring under severe catarrhal affections.
The dedication of the new Presbyterian Church, of which the Rev. Theodorick Pryor, D. D.
, is pastor, will take place to-morrow afternoon.
The Rev. Messrs
, of Nottoway
, and McIlwaine
, of Amelia
, with other ministers, are expected to participate in the ceremony.
When Dr. Pryor
came here several years ago, the congregation was small.
But under his ministry there have been numerous accessions to the church, until at length a new building became necessary for their accommodation.
The church edifice is very handsome, and will compare favorably with others that have been recently erected in this city.
A great deal of anxiety has been manifested here to see President Davis
, and large numbers of persons have collected at the depot, awaiting the arrival of each train from the South
The news of the occupation of Alexandria
by the Lincoln
troops, has produced a profound sensation in this city; and the patriotism displayed by Captain Jackson
in defence of his flag is the subject of universal commendation.
The invaders of our soil will meet with many such heroes as Jackson
to obstruct their march and repel their intrusions.
The Allstadt Greys, Captain E. H. Flournoy
, from some point near your city, passed through here to Norfolk
this morning, in obedience to orders.
The Alabama Rangers, Captain Royston
, from Perry county, Ala.
arrived here yesterday afternoon, and encamped at the Fair Grounds
They left for Richmond
I learn that private Atkinson
, of one of the Smithfield
(Isle of Wight
) volunteer companies, accidentally shot himself in that county on Thursday night last, and died from the effects of the wound on Friday morning.
Several car-loads of cattle from the upper country passed down the South-Side Railroad yesterday, destined for Norfolk
Two 12-pound brass Howitzers, from the foundry of your enterprising citizen, Jos. R. Anderson
, passed through here yesterday for some point.
They are splendidly mounted.
The Confederate States
Sentinels, Captain Hawes
, from Columbus, Ga.
, arrived here this afternoon, and are encamped at the Fair Grounds
They were on the way to Richmond
, but the train was too late for the connection.
They will go over to-morrow or next day.