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The Daily Dispatch: February 29, 1864., [Electronic resource] 4 0 Browse Search
Rebellion Record: a Diary of American Events, Diary from December 17, 1860 - April 30, 1864 (ed. Frank Moore) 1 1 Browse Search
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February 20. The battle of Olustee, Florida, was fought this day by the National forces under the command of General Seymour and the rebels under General Caesar Finnegan.--(Doc. 87.) The rebel schooner Henry Colthurst, from Kingston, Jamaica, with a cargo of the munitions of war for the confederate government, and other articles of merchandise, was captured, near San Luis Pass, by the National schooner Virginia.
From Charleston — retreat of the enemy in Florida. Charleston, Feb. 26. --One hundred shells were fired at the city to-day. An official dispatch from Gen. Finnegan, dated Sanderson via Tallahassee, February 26th, says: --"My advance forces occupy Baldwin, and my main force will reach there this afternoon. The enemy have retreated to Jacksonville." [second Dispatch.] Charleston, Feb. 27. --A Yankee picketboat, containing one officer and five men, was captured last night by our picket boat commanded by Boatswain Smith. The prisoners have arrived in this city. They state that the vessel sunk off the harbor and reported lost in the gale, was the steam sloop of war Housatonic, carrying twelve guns and 300 men, and that she was blown up by our torpedo boat. The whole stern was blown off. Five men were lost, all the others were saved. The torpedo boat was commanded by Lt. Dixon, of Mobile. The enemy continue to shell the city.
an be little doubt. For the present, the bold and unequivocal position of hostility to Lincoln assumed by Chase and his followers is an interesting feature of the war of the immaculate politicians of Washington. It will lead to other moves on the chess board, and the fight will become exciting. Lincoln has, however, the disadvantage of being encumbered with the war and the administration of affairs while he has a traitor in his Cabinet. Every victory of the rebels, whether under Caesar Finnegan or Gen. Lee, will be a blow to Lincoln in the political campaign at the North. He becomes, indeed, such an object of attack that his whole patronage can hardly strengthen him sufficiently against his foes. The time is too short. Office seekers will look for the most available man, and palter with Lincoln in a double sense. Mr. Lincoln's troubles are just beginning. Let us hope that the councils of the virtuous Northern Government may not be a little embarrassed by the corrupt intri