Newspaper of The New York Herald, May 12, 1862, Page 1

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THE NEW YORK HERALD. , WHOLE NO. 9375. NEW YORK, MONDAY, MAY 12, 1862. PRICE TWO CENTS. NORFOLK OURS! Highly Important Despatch from Secretary Stanton. Norfolk and Portsmouth Cap tured by General Wool THE MERRIMAC BLOWN IIP. That Great Bugbear Out of the Way. President Lincoln and Secre tary Chase in the Field. important Night Reconnoissance by the President to Willoughby Point. GENERAL VIELE IN OCCUPATION. THE NAVY YARD SAFE. Retreat of the Rebel General Huger. Reported Capture of the Yorktown and Jamestown. Sketches of Norfolk, the Wavy Yard and the Merrimac, &c., &c.? ftc. NORFOLK OURS! W^smKOTOK, May 11, 1802. The following ww received at the War Department Ibis morning:? SECRETARY STANTON'S BULLETIN. Norfolk is ouri, and also Portsmouth and the Kavy Yard. ?* General Wool, having completed the landing of hie ftorces at Wllloughby Point about nina o'clock this morn fhg, commenced Lie march on Norfolk with 5 ,000 men. Secretary Chafe accompanied the General. About Ave miles from the landing place a Tub61 battery round on the opposite sld>i of the bridge over Tan fcer'screck, and, after a few dischargee upon two'com. pact** of Infantry that wera in the advance, the rebels Virn-d the bridge. This compelled our forces to march around live miles arther. At Ave o'clock In Cio afterwxm our forces were within ? short distune efNorfolk, tad wero met by a delegation ?f citizens. The city wa* Tormally ?surrendered. Ot'r trocp* were marched in and now have po?session. Genera! Tiole is Id "command as Military Governor. The cKy and Navy Yard were rot burned. Theflres which have be cm coeu for somo hours provea woods on Are. Genoral Worf, with Secretary Chnse, returned about wleven o'clock to night. General Hu^or withdrew his force without a battle. Th? Morrltnac Is 'till of So wall's Point. Cnmnnndor Rogers' expcd.tion was heard from this s?f ternoon, ascending the James river. Reports from General Mci'lollan arc fnvornb'e. EDWIN1 M. STANTON. THE PRE88 DESPATCH. Bai.tijiork, May 11,1882. Tbe ntd Point boat has arrived. Otir troop* crossed to the Virginia shore during Friday aight, while tne P.ip Maps shelled the rebel works at Bewull's Point. A landing wis effected at |WI)loiighby Point at a spot ?elected the prcvlcns day by President Lincoln himself, Who was among the first who stopped ashore. The rebels flod as our troops advanced. At inst advices General Mai Weber was within three ?tics of Norfolk. The Merrimac remained stationary all day off Craney Island. THE MERRIMAC DESTROYED. FomiWA Molfito*, May 11,1883. To ITon. J. n. Withos. Ae?iitant Secretary of War The Merrlmac waa blown up by the rebels at two ml ?rates bofore live o'clock this morning, "-'lie wm aat Ore to about thiee o'cl. ck. The explosion took plice at the tlm? stated. It la Stated to bar* been a grnnu tight by tho-ie who saw it. lhe Monitor, E. A. Stevens (Naugatuck) and the gun boats liava gone up towards Norfolk. THE PRELIMINARIES OF THE CAPTURE. Oar Fortrcu Monroe Correspondence. F.iRr?K-.t MoKlfcJB, May 7,1802. ft< Prriid-nl'$ Visit t? Vtiwterlil!??Hit Opinion of Ike Tliiult llvt VattiUrUU Alan* u Able to IVit'my I he M"rimar?nf Cn^'lain L--ftcre itI ths .Si?T<*f of hi* I'rnjnt, ttr., i(?<?. Thts morriing, about <-lx o'clock, a Strang steamer #nt?vc<l tU' harlor. Afl?T sleumirii! around the Vandor fcilt. hailed lior, elating that tho President, with Scc.e tanas Slxnlon and Chn?e, wn? nn board, and would visit ?lie Vanderbilt. After a lew moments the f'reMdeot mo alonslde and win receivod at lhe iraug*ay by Caiiiniu l/pfovro. When the President and lila party fcad beon abown all through the ship hy Captain I^fevre, tb-y expresaed themxelvea well satisfied will tlio preparations made <n board to destroy tha Merrlmue. It m not permitted at present to make known xahat these p'eperationa are, but tha President felt ron fldcr.l that tha Vuudnrbllt alona waa able to destroy the Werrlmao. The Pratident, Seeretarlea Planum and Chu'e, expressed a hope that some future day they would |>e able to take a voyage to Kurope and bacK In tha VuDd-rbot. It will ba recollected at tlie commencement ?I th-Miar that Commodore Vaularbilt oii'ered hl? entire fleet of steamers lo the g.ivermneut at the government's ?wn valuation, and alao his beet ateimer, the Van 4orbilt, aa a free gilt to capture privateer;* ?n our cast; but feeretary Welle* did not deem It At viiuibla to receive th-a oilar, from the fact that tin outride agents of the .''ecretary eould not receive the two.iud a half per cant, or any amoit'it of money, In the flbap* of a bribe trom Omuv?loro Vanderbilt. It wn with #k" greatest diill "iiy thit b' could got n chatter flor hi' iftli", on acooi.nt of not paying any bribe money ?oihe c.aarteritig aipuila-, but after the II >sC appearance ?f the MerTS'tnsc lu Hauipt >n Roads. Commodore VunUer ? u, reeiOK ti>e threatened danger, rep ilr<Ml at on>to Wafh lag ton lint. * |i*irato Interview -with l'ro? Irf-nt Lincoln, whleb resulted in tha oonwiudoru a>:?in pr seiiting the Vanderbilt ?* a *r^o g rt to V.s iwrruineut, wiiych waa accepted )y the NORFOLK IS OURS! Scene of President Lincoln's First Military and Naval Operation?Its Great Success. IfwWTiTSHOAL IDAYS POINT "LIGHT HOUSE c*. Y/MfORTWOOL & A Cj IjgW/3 MPS ? ^ WII.L(1U6HBVS POINT ^ - It NEWPQRTSNEWSPOINt Q JgtllQUft ^SEWALLS POINT) O fHOOS0 ^siSioiEVBIU^ Us*. I'Hr* * Jtv TANNERS POINT? in '7p?)im - ^p^^NORFOLK i ft f%f f? ????wu !!: Mfc ? -u%^ ~rQl "jikCh" SCALE OF MILES LV% i <? V'- ^ ^iT GREAT BRJD&E r President personally. Tho Vandtrbilt is now undtr ^ the control of the President and Secretary of War, modore Vanderbilt declining all interviews or torrei pondeuce ou the subject with the Secretary or the Navy. Tlie Navy Department has not now iny control of his ship; bat Commodore Vanderbilt has placed his well known and popular commander,Captain 1'. R. I.efevre, in full charge, and the War Department linn allowej Captain L. to ai-t according to his own discretion. All Captain LeTcvro hopes for is that the Merrimnc will coftie out, so that he can sink her before he returns to New York. Captain L. has been in comraiud of the V. for a number of, in the European trade, an 1 has rnado the nhortetl parage on record across the Atlantic. Ho has all confidence In the e'icco'sful performance of tho dut> assigned to his ship on this occasion. The other officers on board of tho V. havo also been attached to her in the European trade for a number of years, and all anxiously expressed their desire that tho M rrim ic will make her appearance lu the Koads, so that they may have tho pleasure of participating in the honors of sinking her. The naval and military officer* at this place soein to havo more confidence in tho Vander bllt for this important undertaking than any other ship of the foot, on account of hor commander having discre tionary power. The following is the list of officers attached to the Vanderbilt:? Captain?1'. E. I.efevre. Chief OflVnr?T. Kidd. Second Office:'?D. Raj-. Chiof Engineer?J Germain. Kir>t \gMlntant?w. ftoldea. Second Assistant?II. Mile*. Chief Steward?J. II Henry. H.iatswaiii?1?. Hlnee. Government Pilot?O. Cavalller. Also, a cr<: w of 100 men. FortMlhs Mosrok , May 8, ISM. The Ift)'I Stenner York/man? Arrival of the J. A. H'Ai't? Panic Among the Citiunt of Norfolk?The Bombardment of Stieall'i Point?The Merrimttr $h"iri HertAf, but Thre it no Fiyht?He I'resident and Secreinritt Stan Urn and Chan Prtr*nt <tl the Engngment? Puling in Br nerd to .Yen ComLat with the tfrrrimtf, <fr. This meriilt g tho rebel sionmer Yorktown darted up lh? James river to join her consort, tbe Jamestown. A little while afterwards tin- Ma imtuR J. A. White cumo down the river and delivered hereof np to our forces at Newi?rt't News, when sh# ?m immediately despatched to (he fort. I'arl of the Intelligence cb? brought waa, that since tl e emmy's retreat from Yorktown a panic bus taken poseotalon of ti e irhnbit.mts of Norfolk, and tlmt both triopa and eltlzers are now evscuntlnn tho j-lin-e. Commodore GoMaborottgh immediately despatch ed the flalena, Oetorara and another gunboat up th? .lame - rl< ?r In pursuit of the Yorktown. In about two bonrs haavy cannonading waa hesrd In the direction of Pay's I'otnt, e rne flftm-n miles from N'owiwt'tNews, where It was s.ipjiosed tbat our vessels wore en gagml wiib ?ho enemy's batteries and fleet. It Is now nine -> lo. k. Nothing has been he->rd from tham since. Tlii? >inrn!nrt then aignaliaed the fleet to pre pare for aei nr. J d- ypatclied tugs to t!io "rams" alio to be p-efiared, uk lie w?i< shout to engage Sewall's Point batteries, In hor>?? to draw the Merrlmac down from her hole. The Seminole immediately got under way for th# Point, followed by the Pau Jacinto, Susquehanna and Waehussett, and took a position abreast of the Point, when they opened fire, which was not replied to untl gome flvo or six ahota were O.-cd. When the ball waa fairly opaned the Monitor started and took a position In advance of mir fleot, between the flip Raj* and Sftwail's Point. In tbe meantime General Wool ordered a body of trooi*?a portion of Oe.ieral Mat Weber's division?to hold themselves in readiness to emhat k at a moment's notice, aa It was the intent ton to land them and tnko poa tension of tbe works aa Boon aa thn navy had prepared .ha way. A hnavy and continuous lira waa kept up on Pig and Sewall's Points for about four hours. Abunt two o'clock a heavy black column of smoko was observed to anre from Few-all's Point. At first it was supposed tbe enemy had fired their works, and ivero retreating, as the "altery had not flred for some little time previous: but our fond hopes were soon ?li?. polled when a jet of white smoke arose and a shell w.ia ~cnt in tbe direct ion of the Monitor. About four o'clock the Merrlmae mude bar appearance, when our yoked* emn n>enced to fall back from their positions, in hnjies that hb? would follow them <i|> But she thought "d lactation was the better part of valor," and did not follow. The Rip t?Aps opened upon her until the put i>ack towards Crupev Iclfctid. Some of the abets went cle-xr beyoud j her?one hit her. During the engagement the enomy's dugwas shot, away, when one of tlieir men weut to take H up, and a shell ?ent him to lsia loan home, President Lincoln, with Secretaries Stanton and Chase, wore on the Rip Rap? during the engagement. Thus ended this d?y * work. Tonight it is tbo intention to land a body of troops at T.ind Haven Bay, and to morrow the curtain will again rise, when, it is earnestly wished and "hoped, it will not descend until Norfolk is in our ]K>s?eseion, and that pest, the Merri. mac, destroyed; for it will be a disgrace to tho nation if the is not. Here we have the representa tives of throe European rowers in these Roads iu the pre sence <>f the English, Fronch and Norwegian men-of-war. It is a burning shame to have them lock upon this flne fleet, and see one solitary vossel keep thum all at bay. The Monitor is her equal, if not her superior, so it is re presontod; If so, she having such a tleet to n slst her, why Is it that the Merrimao is such a terror, uti-1 why haa she not been destroys I before, so th it part of tho vefse'e can be relieved from this point, and sent to other places that stand in nocd of their assistance?to Charleston, for instance t Foot*!*" Mojmot, May 0,1812. Ttie SrwaH't Point flombarilmtrit?What U ThoitgV of It at th' A'< rt?The Mtrrimac aiul Monitor?Kemniurintanee of the Latter Vessel?The Dcjitrrlure of (innboats Up J a me.* Hirer?Sharp Firing "? the Ht'.cl lla'teri"?Tkt President atul Serrelartj fit ate at 'h' Furl?A K coiM'iit sance by the Firmer, <fc., <fc. After the splendid (!) cannonade or bombardment of tho rebel works at Sewall's Point ycMerday, in which noltody whs killed and nobody was wonuded, our vee?el? returned to their re?f>ectlve anchoragcs unscathed. The appearance of tho rebel craft Mtrrimac, as she steamed down the Elizabeth river, hastened, and in fact termi nated, the all'nir. This morning I learn that Flag Officer (I* ldsborougli gave orders to the vessels of the tleet to engage the rebel batteries at long range. Had a contrary system been pursued thera is no doubt but that our lient could have brought tho rebols to surrendering terms. Tho officers on our fleet, than whom there are nil braver in the service, f. It much chagrined at not being permitted to close In ou the rebel* and rapture their gnns. Vlag Officer Coldshorough tc>k 110 part In the engagement, but remained quietly enjoy Ing the scone on beard hi* shl;i?tho Minnesota?four miles from tho scene of RCtion. His orders were convey ed from timo to time, as the engagement proceeded, by mears of small steam propellers, of which he employed half a dos?n or more. Tho Merrimac, after she came out as far Into Hampton Road* as the prudence of her traitor officers would per. mit, looked at the Monitor as a lion watches It* prey,and then steamed back to the north end of Crancy Island, where *he is now keeping watch and ward over Norfolk and its vicinity. At ten o'clock this forenoon the Flag Officer sent or d< rs to the Monitor to slip anchor and make a reoonncii tauce in tho direction of Sewall's Point. and feol the eno my's works, and to ascertain, If possible, whether or not the rebals had evacuated them, as had been reported by the refugees who escaped from Norfolk the dsy pre vlous. In a few mlnt.tes the Monitor w ?s under full steam snd heading to execute the ordors of the Hug Officer. The day was exceodinply tine, the sky sn azure blue snd clear, and tbo waters in the Roads of glassy smoothness. The Monitor glided from her mooring.1 with ease, and as she made the various turns In the tortuous channel leading to the Elisabeth river sho answered her helm with apparent ease. There was another objjet lu view by moving tho Moultor In th? direction of Kllsabcth river. As I mentioned in my letter of yesterd 'y, the battery Gsleua and the gunboats Port Roys), com manded by the gallant Lieutenant Morris, of Cum berland fame, and the Areoitoolc, which were sent up the James River on a reomnoissanco, were expected to return at noon to?day. From the menacing positi >n of the Merrimac It wss thought she might eoajr to at tack our ve???la ss Ihey returned to Hampton Roads. To obviate this the Monitor took a position in the chan nel, to frustrate this apparent design. At twrnty-flra minutes past ten the Merrlmao w*a observed steaming ?lowly down the river towards the Monitor, but she bud pro. nedad but a few lergtbs when she apparently brought up > n a Sand bar, us it was but " half ebb tl.le'. at the time. As soon a* rhe stooped the heavy of steam leaning from her steam pi|i* indicate'I th.t *:> had a good bond or force of steam or. About ti,l? t,,n , heavy cannonading was beard, eomii>| from (he riirec (km of James rivor ; it was supposed lo have been from the Galena and her consorts, engaging tho rebel bat to ries at Pay's Point and vicinity, which, 1 am informed by Assistant Secretary of War Tucker, they passed sitc cessfully yosterrtay, under a terrific cannonade from tho enemy. At ten minutes piwt eleveu o'clock A. M. the Monitor hid attained a )>osition about four miles from her porraa uentauchorage,equi-distantfrom the fortrossandCraney Mmd and where the Merriiuao lay. She steamed ?lowly, a-" If to eha'.lenge licr ninch vauntol antagonist to combat. The rolvl craft did not seem inclined to ao eept the Invitation, b'it nought more congenial grounds,

under tho cover of tbu rebel batteries at Sowall's Point and Cl ancy Island. The Monitor men turned her prow toward* So wall's Point, and gleamed up to within a mile of the rcbol works, where a good 'nspection of thein wis had. Several guns were eeuU in position the rebil dag was flnuuting deflnntly to tho breeze. yet hut few rebel goldier:' woro seen. At flvo imuutos of eleveu o'clock tho futon battery at Port Woo!, Rip Raps, opened Are on Sewall'g Point. The very first shell went directly into the rebel camp, Its arrival being denoted by a loud report and tho rising of a dense colifnn ol' smoke from woods in the vicinity. The first shot was but tho pre. cursor of many others, and for upwards of two hours there were fifty shells thrown at the rebel*, with an ac c uracy of range, aim and effectiveness not to bo suri ass ed. Atone time the woods at Sewall'a Point were flred In several places, but the wet and sappy nature of the trees prevented its spreading great extent. Of course I could not l< am to what extent tho rebels suffered by this bombardment, if at all; but It seems to me tho sharp reports of our bursting shells must have been unpleasant to their auricular senses. At six minutes |?st eleven A. M. the Monitor attained ? position within Ihree-fourtha of a mile of the rebel but tery; from my point of observation 1 noticed the fl ing of the gun by tho tla<h ami rapid movement of a dense column of white smoke, expanding a* it rarifled out Into thin sir. a few seconds elapsed, and the re|Kirt reachod my ears, mid almost simultaneously the spla-hns In the water, throw ing up a tliin column of spray, indicate I the direction of the ball as It rlchochottea Into tho rebel works. The aim of the e'even inch ??hell, for such it whs, v aj very Accurate. When the >hell struck, which was in about ten seconds after it left the nmx/le of the gun, it bin st with a loud report. At twenty minutes past eievon o'clock the signal officer in tho fort reported tho Mor riwar moving down (he Elizabeth rivor, having, It wa? thougbt, extricated herself from her position on the* sandbar, on which she ran in the early part of the f to noon. The alarm gun iu the esplanade of tho fortress was fired, the guns on the ramparts were manned by our trail-disciplined cannoniers, and everything * as got ia readiness for action. At twenty seven minutes past eleven o'clock the M ml tor lired a second shot at the rebel buttery. The report of the gun was like ? clap of thunder, and tho exploalou of the missile in the ensiny 'a rauka must have occasioned some mischief. At half-past eleven o'clock the Merrl mac was observed uuder way again down tho river, but after moving a short distance brought up again suddenly on a sand bar, where (he remained until four P M. Tier aide ?wung roun I, by the actn? of the tide, re as to present a broadside to tho fare of the channel. Ilor armor wai covered with a thick coat of grease and black load, which, as thw sun reflected on It. gave It a brilliant' gintsy appearance. The Monitor continued to sleatn about the Hosds, between this point and Newport's New,exhibiting her sailing qualities with much satis faction. M five P. M. she returned to hor an<.horarie. President I.lnooln an i Secretaries Chase and Stanton still remain here; the business of the goverumont pro U ipnrr appear* to have been transferred hero. The President h is himself, by h.s personal orders, stirred tip the FT'C Officer of the naval fWt, who has a reputation for m i tetly Inactivity. 1 have learned of men. sures that the President and his sec retaries have now under consideration, which will be put into practical operation ere the lapse of many days. The Prt*i4-nt and Orntrnl Wool,and Ciptain J. M.l'mtrJ, 'Jr., mid* an iuifOilani end danfftroui rixonn I mne? fe-ifoy in lh? ,+rmue i/'Viiirr Miitmi. Tht Mttune w<u ins iiut d Ov the I'le.iihnt, and carrier! out under Ml txnrn a/ dirnii'iH. Ilr hn< tku.* r.hoiiti him&lf, nnl only a cllm, ditjwm i>ot*, Htmni stair*man, lw' 4 m<iiiiJ unit military iOirtmomtrr uf no m' UI flftt tilioiu I shill *p ak frr iiicroi the nature of llils recount) usance it tbo |'io,er tun*. ?he I'UKidfits'ibie'iiiei:i!jr pr<tested <n itbi.ef excursion in the R^ads, vL-itiug the naval vessels and communicating order*. For tho pant week volunteer surgeon* and nurses have arrived In great number*. Tli'ir services are available at a most opportune time, when the wounded are rcach lug this polut from the Army of tho Potomac. Thore are all" nuuierouB wealthy gentlemen and philanthropist*, who, from a souse of thoir duty to tho country, u ow vit-it this military department to aid, personally :md pe cuniarily. thesick and destitute soldiers. Among these geut) men, whoso liberal act* entitle thim to hotiorablo mention, la Dr. Clomeiil B. Barclay, of Philadelphia. He 1* indefatigable In measures for the re'icf and comfort of the sick. A few days ago, while going hi* rounds in the hospital, be was suddenly accosted by a friend, who said, "Why. sir, I am glad to gee yon. I understood that you were looking after the .sick and wounded of Philadel phia." Sir. B. replied, after passing the time of day, "I am a citizen of Pennsylvania, but I came here to help the soldiers of the whole Union; I recognize uo ft-ito linn* ia the present crisis"?a sentiment well and patri otically said. Tho fact that the Cit irons r>f Norfolk did not ru*h with very great eugornvss to the support of Jeff. Davis, would appear to be proven from the following:? [Correspondence of the Petersburg Express. Moy ?.] Norpomc, 1, isfii Another importation of unrrnw. I mllitli retched her* yesterday, and were seen making their way through the htrools. A ' iuLttfuW' wot j iuxhqted here ycAerday tor f 1,200. Koitrbiw moxmo*, May 9?Evening. Old Point this evening prxnonta ? most stirring spec tacle. About a dizen steam transports are loading troop*. They will land on the shore opposite the Rip Rapa, aud march direct on Norfolk. At the time I commence writing (nine P. M ), the moon shi.ies *<> brightly that I am sittiug in the open air, in an elevated portion, writing by mooulight. The transports are gathering In the stream. They have on board artillery, cavalry, infantry, and will soon be prepared to start. The Rio Haps are pouring shot nod shell into SawaTs Point, and a bright light in the direction of Norfolk I'-a ls to the rup|iosltiou that the work of destruction kis commenced. President Lincoln, as Coinmandei in Chief of tha Army snd Navy, is tu/^rnJuHjing the e-rjr.dilion himtrif. Alo\il tir o\lork he irmt acrntt In the plare fleeted for the laud tug, which u i bvut a title below the Hip llupi. Il is tcii hr km* tKf/irtl tn ft'p i<n shore, ami, alter fur him elf the ftiri/ilifl fur landing, r/lumnt to the I'oinl, i rh-r. h' vnt recti i*tl with tnth uriaj ic ch' erinij t y the lrr*n i who nitre embarking. It is evident tbut itiojinal* of the rebellion, as far a* Norfolk i* couceraed, is rapidly approaching. The gene ral expectation is that the troops now embarking will have possession of the city before to morrow night. Tkm P. it. The expedition ha* not yet started, the delay being caused by the tlino required for staking the horse- and cannon on the Adeliti la. Tho batteries at the Rii? Hap* have stopped throwing shells, and all i* quiet. The scene in tha roads, of the transport* steaming about, is most beautiful, presenting a'panoramic view seldom wit neased. Ei.svxx P. M. Tlie ve?*ot? hsve not yet sailed. The Merrlmao exhibits a bright light. It I* said the Semlnola will go up the James river In Ibe course of tha night. WlLtOluMIrtr Poivt, Hay 10,18M. Tha troops left during the night, and at daylight could ba seen landing at WlllongUby Point, a short distanc< from the Rip Rape. Through the influence of Hccrelary Stanton I obtained this morning a permit to accompany General Wool and General Mansfield aud staff's to Wlllonghby Point, ot board the steamer Kansas, and here I am on "aacrac soil," within eight miles of Norfolk. The point at whirl we landed is know n as 1'olut Plea*-ant, oue of the favoriti drives from Norfolk. 'Hie ttrat regiment landed was the Twentieth New York, known as Mas Weber's regiment, which poshed on Immediately, under o-nimind of <>en. Weber, an>< were, at eight A. M., picketed within Ave mile* of Nor I'o'.k. ihe First Delaw ire,Colonel Andrews, was pushed forward at nine o'clock, accompanied by Generals Mam He'd and Viele aud ainlf. They were eoon followed by the fixt enth MasMchueetts, <olonel Wyman. The h ? unco of the expedition consist* of the Tenth Sew Y i It,Colonel Rend x; the Vorty eighth I'ennsylvam-t C ')? nel II*tley ,'he Vmetv Diiili No \ Y< rk (coast iu?nlj Mijor I'odge'a battalion {mount ?d rifles, and last Folktt's C mpany D, of Fourth regular artiPery. Gen. Wool and suit remained lo superiuteud the lauding of tbo balance of tho force, ail of whom wers landed and off before noon. The President, aeeomranied by Secretary Stanton, ac. companied (ion. Wool and staff to tha wharf, and then ?ook a tug and pmceedod to the Minnesota, where bo wis received with a national salute. It is generally admitted that tha President and Sacra" tiry Stanton have infused new vigor iuto both the naval and military operations beie, and that the country will bar* no cause for further e"inpl.iint. The iron clad gunboat Galena, accompanied bj the Port Iluyal and Aiooslook, went up the James river on Wednotday night, and although 1 have been unable to obtain any positive information from them since the silenced the forts on the lower part of tha river, it is un derstood that the President lias received despatches from General McCleilan to the effect that they have g.yen him meet valuable aid in driving the enemy to the wall. It in even stated to-day that the Gale La not only captured the Yorktown and Jamestown, hut has put crews on board and ran thom up to within shell in? distance of tha river -iefences of Richmond. Of the truth of this, bow ever, I cannot vouch, as Old Point is becoming famous for fabulous rumors. SKETCHES OF NORFOLK AXD PORTSMOUTH. Sketch of Norfolk. Norfolk is a city and port of entry of Norfolk county > Virginia, and is situated on tho right or nortb bank of Elizabeth river. It is distant about ei.-ht milos from Hampton lioads, thirty-two miles from the s?a,one hun* dred and sixty miles by water from Richmond, or ono hundred and six miles in a direct southeast line. It is situated in latitude 36 51 north, longitude 70 1U west of Greenwich, or forty-ftvu derrecs oast of Washington. 'I he river, which is seven eighths of a mile wide, se|?> it from Portsmouth. Next to Richmond, Norfolk wa* the most populous city in Virginia previous to the rebellion, and had more foreign commerce than nny oth r place In the Statu. It lia.l also be-u, in connection witli Portsmouth, the most lmjmrtant nav al station in the rtiitod States, and the harbor was larce, safe and easily accessible, admitting vessels of the largest class to come to tho wharves. Tho site of tho city is almost a dead lovol, tho plan is somewhat Irregular, the streota are wido,mostly wo 1 built with b.ick or s'.'Ji>e houses and lighted with gas. The most conspicuous public buih.inB is the Cily Hall, which has a granito front, a cupola i no hundred and ten foot high, and a portico of six Tuscan eoluiius. Its dimensions aru oighty feet by sixty. The Nor folk Military Academy is a lino Poricstructure,ninety one feet by forty-seven, with u portico of six columns at each end. The M?ch?nies' Ilall, a Gothic building, ninotv fact by Sixty; Ashland Hall, and a Rptist church, with a steeple over two hundred feet In height, ara also promi nent buildings. A new Custom House w.'.s in the course of erection by the United States government at the ccm. mem ement of tho rebellion, which would have cost the sum of one hundred and forty thousand dollars. Tbe city contained fourteen cburchea, nlue semlnarios, a hospital, an orphan asylum, three batiks and two read ,uk rooms. Five newspapers were but recently pub* lisbod at Norfolk. The trade of Norfolk was greatly faci litated by tbe Irtsmal Swamp Canal, which opens a water commuulcation between Chesapeake Hay and Albemarle Sound, and by the Seaboard andRoalioke Railroad, which connected it with tbe towns of North . nd frouth Caro lina. There are many oiber items of interest connected with the city which we would like to give, but our spac* is at present too limited. Sketch or Portsmovtfc* Portsmouth is a seaport and important naYal depot of tho United States, and capital of Norfolk county, Va. It is situated on tho loft bank of Elizabeth river, opposite the city of Norfolk. The harbor is similar to that of Norfolk, and tne geueral government had at Gusport?a suburb of Portsmouth?a large a..d costly dry dorkt which was capable of admitting the large t sUi;<s. More than a thousand hands were sometimes employed in th< construction of vessels at th? Navy Yard. This Navy Yard was partially destroyed by Ore about twelve months since, was seiz?d by tho rebols, and Ins bat now been reta'wi by the United States troop*. B"si<fc?sth? United States Naval Hospital in the vlcinltj?a lar(feand showy building of s'ucccod brick?Portsmouth contained a court bouse, six churches, a branch of the Itank of Virginia, and the Virginia Literary, Solentitlo and Mill* tarv Academy. The town is situated on level gr< und, immediately bolow the junction of tho south and c ast branches of tho river. The streets are strait and actm. gular. Portsmouth U the terminus of thj Seaboard and Ruoik We, tho con truction of which Ins increas. ed considerably the business an I population of the town. Ferry boats ply constantly frr m P "mi th to Norfolk, and a dally line of steamboats connecting wltb Richmond. Five newspapers were | nblished there be* fore the rebellion. It was founded in 170:1, and at last returns bad a population of 8 fiM. NORFOLK BEFORE ITS CAPTURE. Despotism tmler (lie Rebel Regime? Rebel Troops Stationed There, <&c. As Norfolk bu shared the fat? of New Orleans, we give below a rtateinent, ?o far as w? can team, of ilia rebel troops that wore posted in that vicinity. Aa our readers are aware, tlis approaches to that city wera guarded by the famous rani Merrlmae, the steam gun* boits Yorktown and JaineMown, and others of smallcf capacity, on (he water, and llio batteries at So wall'* Point, Craney Inland, Pig Point, on tho sides of Eiizabetb river, and Kort Norfolk, the nearest fortification to thecity projier, aliont one mil# to the north, (io-port and Ports mouth (ths former of which com ns the Navy Yard} aro on tbo westerly side of tho r! ;*r, opposite the city. The city and vicinage were,for many months past, under martial law, Major (iensrsl Ifenjumln F. llugor command* Ins, with Major S. 8. Anderson as A*siMaut AdjuUbl lieueral. The Provost Marshal of Norfolk was W. A. Paiham: *>{ Portsmouth, A. B. Butt. The following advertisements will tend to thrnw soma light on the condition of things In the city under tlx robel regime ? [From the Norfolk Day Rook, M.y 2 ] District or Nokm.i.k. May 1,18C2. The fol}.<wiug auditivusl i tiles are ad >t ted tor tha markets ?>f Norfolk and Portsmouth:? I The prhile/e of bringing oysters to the market It extended from May 1 to 1. II. The butchort in the market are allowed, under tha control of ihi cle-k, to purchase |Hirlt Iwfore ten o'clock. III. 1 he law ?ill nut l>? so coiMtrueU as to prevent a in.u living in the country frc in bring lug his neighbor* produce to market. W. A. P ARM AM, Provost Marshal. Omc? I'aoTotT \Ur'iul, i CiTT or XoarOUI, March 1802. / On und after the l?t day of April next all huckstering will !><? absviutely i rohlbited within this military district, fin? i no [ktsou will llmreaiter bo allowed, under any pre. twice, to |?or? h.ise m y articles on thsir way to the mar. kets of Norfolk and Portsmouth. or within the said dia* trict. lor the purpose of selling the same again her* or elsewhere. The privilege of selling poultry, egg*, game, fish, eyf tots, vegetable* and fi uit will be reurn ted to those wha rabe or catch the same, or those in their immediate ?u2 ployment. . Persons violating, or attempting to evade this order, will be dealt w itli in tho most summary manner. Tbo clerks of the markets o. Norfolk and Port mo ah, tha police and guards, aro hereby Instructed t > use dtligoiica in discovering and giving information of all TMlatieoa ot evasions of this orUgf. W. A. l'AHIIAM, Provost Marsha). o*>rn \t oanitiw?if". 84. Hiaihji a?KM,T?t aRraR\Tur Nonvnt*. I Nimrtu, Va., Apill 2. 1811:1. / Persoaa holding authority iroin the Se?i otary nf Wa? to raise raglmeati, i.attaliens or companies wiil not ba purmrted to Interfere with the present organisation of this department of the army. Commanders of posts or eompanles w II report an par* sotis tn m per lug with and offering Indnesmaott to annates in'ti t ? jidn new comi'anlee, to those lo ad ( .arters, and P?mmis \ luting posts for this puritan will be arreatsd and the fact reported. ? . - . By command of Major General HtOEH. , H. S. Asst. Adj. fletieral. Tho n? osfity no lougsr e\lsting, the orders requiring stores mid oihor places of b?is4nvns to clr*ee at two P.M. are hereby rascioded. W. A. PAHHAM. Provost Marshal. Ifliw|t ?itrviw, ntraimniiY of,) N'Aimtt, Va., Ma eh I*, It?2. / No pe'Sott will b*> allowed to proceal from Norfolk ta Km t II >nroe alter this dale. lly command of Major Oeneral HUGKR. Hs>j. Ileum, Jr., Asst Adj. Oem ral. Itrbel Troops l.ately Stationed la Wore folk City. HeaMos Ihe tr ?'ps mentioned below, thne were nuna* [(.<?ittni;ko on nunm pauk i

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