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The Daily Dispatch: November 13, 1863., [Electronic resource] 1 1 Browse Search
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The Daily Dispatch: November 13, 1863., [Electronic resource], Loss of the Confederate steamer Cornubia. (search)
Loss of the Confederate steamer Cornubia. Among the passengers who came from Nassau on the Cornubia, and escaped after she was beached, were Col. L. R. Smoot, Quartermaster General of Virginia; Col. C. E. Thorburn and Paymaster James N. Harwood, C. S. N. The following is a letter giving the full particulars of the loss of the steamer, written by Purser Gordon, who also escaped: Wilmington, N. C., Nov. 9th, 1863. The Cornubia, while running down the beach from the northward of Fort Fisher, was completely hemmed in by a number of blockaders. In this emergency there were but two things that could be done — either to beach the steamer or run the gauntlet.--Captain Gayle, with promptness and great coolness, determined to run through the vessels and take their fire, and ordered the pilot not to beach her; but in trying to pass by, on the land side of one of the blockaders, the Cornubia ran aground. In a very few moments the blockaders were alongside, and while we were shovi