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The Daily Dispatch: November 20, 1861., [Electronic resource] 3 1 Browse Search
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shoulder. Since our attack on Wilson's camp, the morning of the 9th October, the entire force on the island have been very industrious. Billy's "pets" have had a new and complete fit-out, many wooden buildings have been erected, and they have quite a town there. They have put all their "barbette" guns interim, mounted a number of extra ones on the Fort, (some of which are bearing up the island, so as to rake any force that should attempt to storm the Fort in that directions.) and Col Brown, with his late reinforcement, no doubt considers his position impregnable. They have kept but one ship off the island since the first of last month until Saturday last, when daylight showed up six large vessels off the fort, and it was supposed that our allotment of the "armada" had arrived, but the following night three of them disappeared. They are trying to be as mysterious as possible in their movements. Events are thickening, and the next few weeks may decide the blockade que
Provisional Congress. Tuesday, November 19, 1861. Congress met at 12 o'clock. Hon. Howell Cobb in the Chair. Prayer by the Rev. Mr. Brown. The following members in addition to those reported yesterday were present: Mr. Sparrow, of Louisiana. Mr. Memminger, of South Carolina. Mr. Reagan, of Texas. Mr. Davis, of North Carolina. Mr. Seddon, of Virginia. Mr. Thos as, of Tennessee. Mr. Venable. of North Carolina, from the committee appointed to wait on the President of the Confederate States, reported that the President would make a communication in writing to-day, which was subsequently presented by his Secretary, as follows: President's Message. To the Congress of the Confederate States: The few weeks which have elapsed since your adjournment have brought us so near the close of the year, that we are now able to sum up its general results. The retrospect is such as should fill the hearts of our people with gratitude to Providence fo