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Portsmouth




Portsmouth, post village, port of entry, with Norfolk, and capital of Norfolk County, Virginia, 105 east south east Portsmouth, 213 Washington City. Situated on the west side of Elizabeth river, at its mouth, opposite to Norfolk, 1 mile distant, and has one of the best harbors in the United States. Ships of the largest class come to its wharves. It contains a court house, jail, 5 churches, 1 Presbyterian, 1 Episcopal, 1 Baptist, 1 Methodist, and 1 Roman Catholic, a branch of the Bank of Virginia, a Masonic hall, a theatre, a military academy, 50 stores, and 6,500 inhabitants. A United States navy yard, dry-dock, and naval hospital, are located at Gosport, a suburb of Portsmouth. By means of the Portsmouth and Roanoke railroad, and the Wilmington railroad, a daily line of communication is formed with Charleston.
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