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The Daily Dispatch: September 27, 1861., [Electronic resource] 2 0 Browse Search
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forth from it to be eventually destroyed two or three weeks since by the enemy. It is in the midst of the grounds and works of the yard, and when the enemy were in it they were within our lines, in the rear of the defensive batteries of the Navy-Yard, and had they come in the force they could have done much more important damage. Their torce was probably two hundred men, but it might as well have been two or three thousand men, who could have landed and given a night surprise to all of Bragg's army as effectually as they did to the guardians of the Navy-Yard, if no better vigilance was practiced anywhere than by these. Or they might have gone up and captured, or attempted to capture, Pensacola, for their heavy launches were safe within the perilous passage in which we imagine would be destroyed the Navy of the United States should it attempt to run the gauntlet of our batteries. There is no disguising the fact that the enemy have achieved a feat worthy to be named with the bes