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The Daily Dispatch: October 31, 1861., [Electronic resource], The blockading fleet off New Orleans — News direct from the enemy. (search)
der himself a prisoner of war, he waxed wroth and indignant, showed his country passport, declared it to be an outrage upon France, and demanded to be sent ashore. Mr. Fernandez was likewise provided with the papers of a Spanish citizen, and they were both promised to be liberated, and in the meantime treated with great courtesy and consideration. They were informed that while the South Carolina had been on this station she had captured seventeen prizes from us, all small craft. On the 12th instant, the day of Commodore Hollins's attack on the enemy at the head of the passes, the steamers South Carolina and McClellan, which were then cruising off Barataria, were sent for to come to the assistance of the vessels in the Mississippi. They responded without loss of time to the call, and found the sloop-of-war Vincennes hard aground opposite the telegraph station. She threw overboard her entire armament, consisting of twenty heavy guns, before she could be pulled off. Dr. Lefe