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set our hands, this twenty-ninth day of August, A. D. 1861, and of the independence of the United States the eighty-fifth year. [Signed] S. H. Stringham, Flag-Officer Atlantic Blockading Squadron. Benj. F. Butler, Major-Gen. U States Army, Commanding. S. Barron, Flag-Officer Confederate States Navy, Commanding Naval Forces Virginia and North Carolina. Wm. F. Martin, Col. Seventh Reg't Infantry, North Carolina Volunteers. W. L. G. Andrews, Major Commanding Forts Hatteras and Clark. U. S. Chartered Steamer Adelaide, August 31, 1861. To Hon. Gideon Welles, Secretary of Navy: Sir: I have to report that the expedition to Cape Hatteras Inlet has resulted in a signal victory over the rebels. The capture of two forts, 25 cannon, 1,000 stand of arms, 715 prisoners, amongst whom are Captain Samuel Barron, Lieutenant Sharpe, and Dr. Wyatt M. Brown, all late of the United States Navy, and Major Andrews and other officers, late of the United
Fort Hatteras. Richmond, Va., Sept. 4th, 1861. To the Editors of the Dispatch: The Military Board of North Carolina is not responsible for the Hatteras disaster, as can be easily demonstrated. Under its direction the forts at Oregon, Ocracoke and Hatteras were built, provided with all the ordnance, &c., at the command of the State, and then handed over to the Confederate authorities. Fort Hatteras was not under the control of the Military Board at the time of the attack, the formal transfer of the work having been completed on the 20th of August, and hence it was not the duty of the Governor of North Carolina and his advisors to make requisitions for ordnance, &c., as you seem to imply. You will thus perceive that, if there be any culpability in this regard, it cannot by any possibility rest upon the Military Board of North Carolina. So far from deserving censure this Board has merited the gratitude of the public — Whatever of service the State has rendered to the Sou
The Daily Dispatch: September 10, 1861., [Electronic resource], The bombardment and capture of forts Clark and Hatteras. (search)
o us, at least for a time. To talk of Hatteras being made the base of a great strategic plan for the subjugation of North Carolina and of the South, betrays consummate ignorance both of geography and strategy. Give the Yankees control of Hatteras, Beacon Island, and Oregon Inlet, and then they can do nothing, except to interfere with our privateers, and to harass our people who live on the banks and on the sounds, unless we stand still and do nothing. The Standard argues to show that Hatteras ought not to have been surrendered, and that it would not had there not been "something rotten in Denmark." The Standard concludes: We have no charges of corruption or collusion to make. We would not do injustice to any living man. But we cannot resist the conclusion which the facts published in our paper to-day force upon us, that Com. Barron yielded too much to his fears, or something else, when he proposed to surrender. It is unfortunate, at the present juncture, that the Rale
sdiction in the premises. Had the advice given been followed, and the requisitions made by Gen. Gwynn complied with, Hatteras would, in all probability, have been now in our possession, instead of that of the enemy. It would all most seem that Hatteras was given away. The reader will be struck with that portion of General Gwynn's statement which relates to the condition of Fort Hatteras. It was currently reported after the surrender that the fort was given up because it was not bomb-proofhe explosion of the magazine. The statement shows that the fort now stands intact, and that, in fact, it is a stronger work than any of those erected for the defence of Charleston and siege of Fort Sumter. Taking it altogether, the loss of Hatteras is one of the most extraordinary events of the times. The disregard of Gen. Gwynn's repeated and almost importunate requisitions; the disregard of the plan laid down by him for the reception of the enemy on his attempting to land; the permittin
ing of men on both sides. With the exception of picket fights, everything remains perfectly quiet in that section. The health of the men is generally good, and the number of sick has rapidly decreased in the past week or two. Rumors of a speedy forward movement have obtained very general credit among the troops, and have had a fine effect in hastening the convalescence of the sick, and all look upon such a movement with bright hopes of a glorious victory for the South. Arrest of Hatteras bankers. A boat arrived at Newbern on Thursday from Hyde county, with six bankers from the Hatteras Banks, who, report says, are among the number who have recently taken the oath to support Lincoln's Government. They came over to Middleton, Hyde county, under a white flag to buy corn for the Federal garrison at Hatteras, as they claim; but instead of letting them have the corn, Major Hill, of the 7th Regiment, who is in command of the Federal troops in Hyde, thought it best to arrest t
r other of the Southern coast. Others more modestly content themselves with twenty-five thousand, which is likely to be double the real number. They have men enough to require the utmost vigilance and energy of our authorities, but not near as many as they pretend, and their constant boastings and menaces have only had the effect of awakening the Southern Gulf States from their sense of security, and enabling them to put their coast at all points in a state of defence. The inroad of the Yankee fleet at Hatteras was in fact a vast advantage to the South, for it instantly aroused her to the necessity of being prepared for such visitations. There was not a more unfortunate place on the whole coast is a base of operations against the interior than Hatteras. Such as it was, if it was worth taking, and the enemy had as many men as he pretends, large reinforcements could have been sent to Hatteras long ago, as well as to other points where the Federal cause is getting weak in the legs.
caitiff on the ground May seem as shy, as grave, as just, As absolute as Angelo." These Puritans are an "outward sainted" crew. Inwardly, they come up to the Gospel mark of the Scribes and Pharisees--"ravening wolves." An unusual activity appears to prevail among the Federals at Fort Monroe. Their transports seem to be preparing for the movements of large bodies of troops so ewhither; but no one can divine where they will make their earliest manifestation. Some think Hatteras, some Brunswick, some Norfolk.--The apprehension that Norfolk may be the point has stirred up a little excitement on the pavements, as some give the idea ready credence. We must do our best if they should come. A large Federal steamer anchored in the Roads yesterday afternoon. It is thought to be the Powhatan. The fleet is growing bigger in these waters. We have now almost daily a flag of truce between our forces and the enemy's. The occurrence has got to be so customary that i
The Daily Dispatch: October 26, 1861., [Electronic resource], By the Governor of Virginia.--a Proclamation. (search)
f great importance that the eyes of President Davis and Gov. Clark should be directed to that point. The intimations from the North are strong that the enemy will soon attempt to assail Roanoke Island with a strong force from Hatteras, under Gen. Mansileid, an experienced officer. Have we an experienced officer in command at that point? Have we a sufficient army and naval force there to resist the invader successfully? There is perhaps, greater danger at that point than at any other, if Hatteras is to be made the base of operations by the enemy. We beg the earliest attention of the Government to this matter. Worthy of notice. The Augusta (Ga.) Constitutionalist has the following: We observed among the numerous contributions to the Georgia Relief and Hospital Association received here, a box containing Guava Jelly and various kinds of preserved fruit — a present from the ladies of Havana, in "the Ever Faithful Island of Cuba!" --How the box ran the blockade, we are
Dixie's Land, it seems, is an air so much admired by the Feds that they cannot bear the idea of giving it up, and our informant states that he was asked a number of times, while among them, to sing it.--He regretted with us that he didn't do so — introducing the little affair at Bull Run. By the-way, speaking of Bull Run, reminds us that while our men were in Castle William, at New York, passengers on the boats would take occasion, when passing there, to tantalize them with cheers for Hatteras. They bore it patiently for some time; but finally regarding forbearance as no longer a virtue, they replied to these cheers, on one occasion, by singing out, "Three cheers for Bull Run!" After that boats passed as noiselessly as a funeral procession, and no more cheers were heard for Hatteras. It seems that the Northern soldiers regard the South as having the best officers, and make no hesitation in asserting the same, whenever an opportunity presents. They have bestowed a new title
de, but we could not tell whether any were with them. We saw the vessel as we were coming up, but could not go down near her, as our pilot said he did not know the channel. He is an old darkey, and I suspect, more afraid than ignorant. He was scared like the mischief last night, and I don't blame the old fellow much, for his station is a very dangerous one. Recapture of Hatteras. The Raleigh State Journal, of Thursday says: As we go to press we learn the glad tidings that Hatteras has been recaptured. For the truth of the rumor we cannot vouch; but we know there has been a sharp eye on the Yankees in that quarter for the last few days. We believe it has been visited and occupied by some of the loyal hearts of our own old State. We shall await further news with great solicitude. The Waterloo of the West. The Banner of Peace, published in Memphis, Tenn., has received a letter from a chaplain in McCulloch's army, from which the following extract is made. It
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