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ly upon our coast, with a certainty that nothing we had could overtake them.
Yet how mistaken the British builders were with regard to Yankee watchfulness and naval pluck!
Every mail would carry the news to England of their fastest vessels having been picked up by Federal cruisers — though they may have made several successful runs ere they came to grief.
It is said that if one blockade-runner out of three could make a successful passage, it would more than cover the cost of all.
On August 18th, one of these clippers, the Hebe, attempted to run into Wilmington by the New Inlet channel.
There were several blockaders on the alert, and among them the Niphon--which vessel, being in-shore of the Hebe, attempted to head her off. But, instead of surrendering when he saw that his vessel was cut off, the commander of the Hebe beached her, and escaped in his boats, with his crew and passengers.
It was then blowing a gale from the northeast, with a heavy sea on, and the waves broke ove
Aug. 11. Wagner and vicinity Patapsco, Catskill.
Aug. 13. Morris Island Dai Ching, Ottawa, Mahaska, Racer, Wissahickon.
Aug. 14. Morris Island Wissahickon, Mahaska, Dan Smith, Ottawa, Dai Ching, Racer.
Aug. 15. Wagner Racer, Dan Smith.
Aug. 17. Batteries on Morris Island to direct fire from the batteries which opened on Sumter. Weehawken, Ironsides, Montauk, Nahant, Catskill, Passaic, Patapsco, Canandaigua Mahaska, Ottawa, Cimmaron, Wissahickon, Dai Ching, Lodona.
Aug. 18. Wagner, to prevent assault Ironsides, Passaic, Weehawken, Wissahickon, Mahaska, Dai Ching, Ottawa, Lodona.
Aug. 19. Wagner Ironsides.
Aug. 20. Morris Island Ironsides, Mahaska, Ottawa, Dai Ching, Lodona.
Aug. 21. Sumter and Wagner Ironsides, Patapsco, Mahaska, Dai Ching.
Aug. 22. Wagner Weehawken, Ironsides, Montauk.
Aug. 23. Sumter Weehawken, Passaic, Montauk, Patapsco, Nahant.
Sept. 1. Sumter and obstructions Weehawken, Montauk, Passaic, Patapsco, Nahant, Lehigh.