Affairs on the Blackwater.
--A correspondent of the Petersburg, Va.
writing from the Blackwater
The iron on the Seaboard Railroad
, erroneously reported, a short time since, as having been taken up by General Longstreet
's orders, and now being in our possession, has, in the last week, been seized by the Yankees
and carried, I suppose, to Suffolk
Steps were taken, whilst our army was investing that place, which would have secured to us that much needed article, had not circumstances rendered it necessary for General Longstreet
to withdraw his forces sooner than he probably anticipated.
On Friday, the 22d inst., the Hampton Legion
, with Wright
's and one section of Webb
's battery, were ordered below here to meet several gunboats, which were reported advancing up the river.
Upon reaching Smith
's ferry, information was brought them that two had landed at Murfreesboro
', stolen and destroyed 10,000 pounds of Government bacon, captured one barrel of brandy, and all hands got drunk and gone down the river rejoining over their spirited
It is currently reported here, and generally believed, that the enemy are evacuating Suffolk
, or at least are about to do so. It is said that they are throwing up heavy fortifications eight miles this side of Norfolk
, and intend falling back to them.
Movements here indicate that the greater part of General Pecks
' army has been sent to Hooker
, and that Gen. Lee
is aware of it.