From Norfolk.the Capture of General Butler's Flag-ship Fanny--particulars of the fight, &c.
[Special correspondence of the Dispatch.]
Norfolk, Oct. 7, 1861.The weather yesterday was warm enough for the comfort of the sablest son of Africa; and to-day the sun shines as hot as in August; but a delightful sea-breeze renders the day balmy and pleasant. The enterprising proprietor of the Day Book has changed the time of its issue from the afternoon to morning, and intends shortly to enlarge its size. The steamer Funny (Butler's flag-shp) and cargo, recently captured on the Carolina coast, are valued at from seventy-five to one hundred thousand dollars, including 73,000 cartridges and 25,000 percussion caps. Mr. John C. Langhorne, formerly local editor of the Norfolk Day Book, is said to have been the first man from our forces that stepped on board the Funny, and to have taken down the Federal flag and run up the ‘"flag of the South,"’ during the enthusiastic cheers of our brave men. The Hon. Secretary of the Navy has issued instructions, I learn, that the name of the Confederate steamer ‘"Edwards"’ be changed to ‘"Forrest"’--a merited compliment to the gallant Commodore in charge of the Gosport Navy-Yard. The visits of ladies and others to the fortifications at Craney Island, depend now somewhat upon the tides, as the water at the shore of the island is not sufficiently deep at low-tide to allow of the approach of a steamer as large as the Wm. Selden, which makes the trip regularly twice a day. Until Wednesday next visitors will take passage in the morning, and for once a weed thereafter, in the afternoon. An affray occurred on Saturday night near the Market-House, in which five or six persons were engaged, several of whom were quite roughly handled; but nobody was very seriously hurt. Such disturbances are not of frequent occurrence in our city, and are quickly quieted by the vigilant military guard. Persons in town to-day from the coast below, reaching some distance South of Cape Henry, report a very quiet state of affairs.--A vigilant watch is maintained by day and night upon the movements of the enemy's vessels. It is hoped that the expedition planned at Chicomicomico, N. C., to attack the fifteen hundred Hessians that landed near that place, will be entirely successful in capturing the intruders. Nothing reliable has been heard here for two days relative to army movements on the North Carolina coast. Some of the negroes captured on board the Fanny are said to have been stolen by Picayune Butler from citizens of the ill-fated town of Hampton, and will do doubt be restored to their rightful owners.