Our advices from the country bordering on York river
are as late as Saturday last.
Up to that period a small force of the enemy continued to occupy a point in New Kent county
, known as the ‘"Brick House
,"’ but not one had visited West Point
since the grand flight of the gunboats and transports immediately after McClellan
‘"changed his base."’ They doubtless find more scope for their thievish propensities on the Peninsula
and York rivers
, where a direct communication with Fortress Monroe
affords them greater security.
Two prominent citizens of Gloucester
have lately been arrested by the Confederate
authorities for trading with the Yankees
, though it is believed that their trans actions were prompted rather by cupidity than by any design of returning to ‘"their allegiance under the old flag."’ Such men are found in every community, and it is perhaps well enough to make an example of them.
Many of the people of that county, heretofore in comfortable circumstances, are now suffering for the want of the necessities of life, and have no means of purchasing.
Not long since, two runaway negroes boldly returned to Gloucester
for the purpose of carrying off their families, but unexpectedly fell into a trap, were secured, and brought to Richmond
with their wives and numerous offspring.
A good many persons, taking warning by the experience of others, are sending their negro property to market, or to some place in the interior where they will be less exposed to the temptations of the perfidious enemy.