From the Peninsula.
We learn from an intelligent gentleman, who has lately visited a portion of the Peninsula
, that the Yankees
, though keeping up a great show of strength in the counties of James City
New Kent, and Charles City
, by means of foraging parties, which arrest every white man they find, are yet preparing to evacuate this portion of the State
.--The 11th Pennsylvania regiment of dragoons occupy Williamsburg
, and while they are engaged in removing everything of value to their vessels lying in James river
, yet they have virtually given up possession of the town, having reinstated all the old officers in the lunatic asylum, including the former matron, for whom they sent to Norfolk
; and to prevent an attack while thus engaged, the parties above named are sent out, and for lack of a few good men to meet them, they are practising outrages and indignities upon this actually desolated portion of our State.
A great many of the negroes who were taken off by the Yankees
have returned to their owners, and express themselves as heartily tired of their Yankee friends.
The Union men, including Lemuel Bowden
, who, it will be recollected, was a candidate for Judge
at the last election, have gone to the North
But the worst feature in the intelligence which we have received is, that the rascals have appropriated to themselves a large portion of the provisions in tended for the inmates of the asylum, and there is great danger of their suffering.
From all that we can learn, a bold dash with a few hundred of Stuart
's dragoons would accelerate their evacuation of Williamsburg
, and restore much valuable property to its rightful owners.
This gentleman also states that there are a large number of negroes at Yorktown
, who are really suffering for the necessaries of life, the Yankees
neglecting them in their care for their own safety and security.