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The Daily Dispatch: April 13, 1863., [Electronic resource] 4 0 Browse Search
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Monitors were seen steaming South, apparently bound to Port Royal. It was thought they remained inside during the night and following morning to render assistance to the Keokuk, but finding all their efforts to save her useless they abandoned her and left as above stated. In the evening, however, the seven turreted monsters re-appeared, and it is believed they had merely gone round to Stono to avoid the heavy blow that prevailed at the bar during the afternoon. The nondescript, or "Yankee Davis," for clearing the channel, was washed ashore on Morris's Island yesterday, and is now in our possession.--It is described as an old scow-like vessel, painted red, with a long protruding beak and jutting iron prongs or claws, intended for the removal and bursting of torpedoes. It was attached to the Passale, the leading vessel, and managed by her during the engagement. It is also reported that two of the small boats belonging to the Keokuk have been secured by our men on Morris's Is
up by them. But we trust there is patriotism and wisdom enough, and enough of the self-sacrificing spirit, in the nation to check the war upon the Government at home, and avert the dreadful disasters which must flow from the uninterrupted course of the plundering system of trade now carried on. The Confederate Government has the most powerful and sure basis of national credit. No nation on the globe has one equal to it. Nothing but the wildest and most depraved speculation and selfishness at home can impair its credit or embarrass its means of ultimate payment. If the people will only make the most partial exertions in support of the Government and to discount penance and check the mad spirit of speculation — if they will only, each man, do a little to second the appeal so frankly and earnestly made by President Davis, all will go well. The army will be sustained, and the public credit will be sustained, and so will that cause which is our only hope as a nation of free men.