General Butler has not commenced operation in Norfolk yet, due to a lack of reinforcements. It is difficult to get an accurate count of the number of troops in Norfolk, but there have been rumors that there may be as many as 20,000. The majority of these men are Southern and ally themselves with secessionists. An informant has asserted that at least 15,000 of these troops are tasked with defending Richmond. Batteries have been set up along the stream and fortifications have been built between the place of landing and the city.
There are updates from the Border State convention. The resolution proposed by Mr. Wickliffe, regarding the appointment of a committee to consider the subjects that the convention was called for, has been adopted. Crittenden’s original amendment proposed to the Senate of the United States is also adopted. This amendment looks to secure for the slave states just and equal rights under the Constitution. Full delegations will be arriving from Missouri and Kentucky.
Sergeant F. B. Marshall of Company A, First Regiment New-York Zouaves, denies any truth to the rumors that two of his men have been condemned to be shot. The rumor came out of the re-arrest of members of the regiment. The four men had previously been dismissed and relieved of their uniforms. Despite this second arrest, no execution orders have been given. These men are not the only example of soldiers drummed out of their regiment. John Abbot, Second Lieutenant of Company A, Twelfth Massachusetts Regiment, was tried yesterday on the charges of using seditious language against the government. He was convicted and deprived of his uniform.
It looks as though the South can live in spite of the blockade. Reports from farms indicate that the crops currently in the field may produce the most promising yield in years. Southerners in general are determined to fully develop their own resources and adopt a rigid economy in order to support their cause. Ironically, a planter from Texas says that Northern grain improves Southern soil.
Word has arrived that on May 14 Queen Victoria made a proclamation regarding our current struggles. She urged British citizens to refrain from involving themselves in our war, stating:
And we do hereby strictly charge and command all our loving subjects to observe a strict neutrality in and during the aforesaid hostilities, and to abstain from violating or contravening either the laws and statutes of the realm in this behalf, or the law of nations in relation thereto, as they will answer to the contrary at their peril.
The Queen went on to detail the actions her citizens are prohibited from taking part in. Any Englishmen found to be aiding either side will face legal consequences.
In the News:
- The Democratic Banner reprints overviews of the seceded states.
- The New York Times reports the severe punishment of William A. Harris.
- The Richmond Daily Dispatch provides information on the New Orleans mint.
- The Agitator speaks out against secessionists.
- The Democratic Banner provides a substantial amount of the correspondence between Governor Andrews of Massachusetts and General Butler regarding the repression of slave insurrections.
- The Lebanon Advertiser calls for “movements of peace.”
- The Richmond Daily Dispatch discusses Southern treatment of prisoners of war.
- The Canadian Press disagrees with the sentiment expressed towards England in the Northern press.
- The New York Times publishes a letter to the editor regarding U.S. officers from Texas.
Arts and Culture:
- The Democratic Banner publishes a poem entitled, “Be on Your Guard.”
- The New York Times looks at fine arts in the war.
- A Negro man calling himself John Ford has been imprisoned in the jail of the county of Hanover. Ford claims to be a free man.
- “Two able bodied young men (single preferred) who are willing to serve their country are wanted immediately to fill up the ranks of the Washington Cadets now encamped at Harrisburg.”
- Two hundred and fifty dollars: “For the arrest of George Martin, dead or alive, charged with uttering treasonable sentiments against the Southern Confederacy, and admitted by him — and for an attempt to take the life of Lieut. Carruthers, when under arrest.”
- Clearfield Rifles: “Will meet at the Goshon School House, on Monday the 3d day of June next, at 9 o’clock, a.m., with arms and accoutrements in good order for drill and parade, prepared with six rounds of blank cartridge.”
- Notice: “The ladies of the Monumental Church are at work for the soldiers at the Hall of the Mechanics’ Institute.”
- Henrico Artillery: “Twenty five men are wanted to enlist in the ranks of the Henrico Artillery under the command of Major Johnson H. Sands now encamped at Richmond College, one mile from this city, already mustered into service, and daily expecting orders to go into active duty.”