FORT MONROE, Jan. 31.
The Ericsson, from Hatteras, has arrived. The Ericsson brings nothing late, except that the Burnside expedition was about to move to its destination.
A prisoner of war, named, Taylor, of Cincinnati has arrived here by a flag of truce from Richmond. He says that Gen. Beauregard has left for Kentucky, taking with him 15,000 men from Manassas, and that Jefferson Davis is to take command in person of the troops at Manassas, after his inauguration as President, on the 22d of February.
The greatest panic prevails at Norfolk and Richmond, in regard to the Burnside expedition.
When the Ericsson left Hatteras Inlet the weather was too rough to land troops. Mr. Taylor says he was accompanied by a detective to Norfolk, who was very watchful not to let him carry any papers with him. From this it is supposed that they must have obtained some important information.
It was understood at Richmond that Gen. Beauregard would reach there Saturday on his way to Kentucky.
The opinion at Richmond was that the Merrimac was a failure.
– Published in The Davenport Daily Gazette, Davenport Iowa, Monday Morning, February 3, 1862, p. 1