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The Daily Dispatch: September 14, 1864., [Electronic resource] 3 1 Browse Search
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on, who regarded it as premature; but finally a consultation of the officers was held Saturday night, in which the opinion was decided that the fort would be unable to resist an attack, and a statement was addressed to Colonel Anderson, recommending the opening of negotiations with the fleet, which was signed by most of the officers. Several of them, however, appended their opinion that this action was premature, among whom, we learn, were Captains Sherman and Williams, and Surgeon Head. Major Brown protested openly against the surrender, "saying that the best place he knew to die was right there." The leading motive urged by those who advised the surrender was the expectation of obtaining better terms from the fleet than the land force; which, it was expected, would make the assault in the morning, though it was afterwards ascertained that they had no such intention. Before sending the flag of truce, the powder in the fort was destroyed, as well as most of the stores. Colonel
Fight with Deserters in Alabama. --On Thursday night some deserters from the lower part of Coffee county, Alabama, fired the bridge across Pea river at Elba and set fire to the town of Elba in several places. The next morning they were pursued by citizens, who overtook them some ten or fifteen miles below, at which point a fight occurred, resulting in the instant killing of W. F. Beard, Confederate States Tax Assessor; R. P. Brooks, Confederate States Collector; M. Carmichael, Deputy Sheriff and Jailor. Dr. T. P. Larkins was shot through the body — the wound is considered mortal. Captain J. Cantey Brown also received a flesh wound through the thigh. One deserter was killed, and two badly wounded and captured; one was afterwards hung, and the other shot while attempting to make his escape. One of the deserters confessed that he burnt the court-house some time ago.