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ille in uncertain. Information from the Government states the fact both ways. It may be that owing to indignation manifested by the people of Richmond, the question of removal was reconsidered by the Confederate Congress. Much disagreement exists in the statements of Government, agents as to the Confederate force about Richmond. They are estimated at from ten to twenty thousand men. From Fortress Monroe. Fortress Monroe, Dec. 3. --There has been no arrival here from either Hatteras or Port Royal. The weather has been quite cold and wintry. To-day about half an inch of snow fall. A strong northeast wind has been blowing all day, with some abatement about noon. The steamer Spaulding leaves to-night for Hatteras Inlet with provisions, clothing, etc., for the troops. A flag of truce, in charge of Provost Marshal Davis, went from here this morning to convey to Norfolk Mr. Pangford, Consul for Saxony, on his way to New Orleans. Desertions from the Navy
Synopsis of late Northern news. departure of the Africa with Lord Lyon's response to the British Government — release of Hatteras prisoners, &c., &c. Norfolk, Dec. 19. --Northern papers of the 18th have been received here. The steamer Africa, which was to have sailed on Wednesday, was detained till this afternoon, for the purpose of taking out Lord Lyons's response to dispatches to the British Government. Capt. Seymour, Queen's messenger, and special messenger from Minister Adams, left, Boston Tuesday for Washington. Dispatches have been sent in haste to the Admiral of the North American squadron at Havana. Secretary Cameron wants four millions seven hundred thousand dollars to put the coast defences in order. The ship Montmorenci, from Bath, Maine, bound for St. Thomas, laden with coal, was overhauled by the privateer Sumter. She was ransomed for twenty thousand dollars, and allowed to proceed. The bark Island City left Boston Tue
f their Government, and that it cannot act with too great promptness and energy in giving them a field worthy of their fame. Their services upon land have been thus far as cheerfully rendered as if they were afloat, and have proved of the greatest value. The following communication to the Norfolk Day Book from a naval officer thus vindicates the services rendered on land by the gentlemen of the navy: "Officers of the Navy have been censured for the losses instained at Port Royal and Hatteras, while it is well known that at the former no naval officers had ever been stationed, and therefore, had nothing to do, either in the erection of the batteries, the instruction of the guns' crews, or the working of the guns during the fight. The only part borne by the navy in that vicinity, was by the little fleet of flag officer Tatnall, who, with the slight force at his disposal, suceedded in annoying the enemy, and without loss accomplished all that could have been reasonably expected o
The schems of the enemy is now fully displayed. Searecy is no longer possible; uncertainty as to the manner and point of his striking is at length dispelled. His plans are disclosed; they can now undergo no alterations except such as a more increase of his forces here and there may occasion. We are to be asesiled on the coast between Mobile and New Orleans, by the redoubtable Butler; by him who displayed so much energy for months at a time, in effecting nothing at Fortress Monroe and Hatteras; by him who planned the advance upon Big Bethel, and sourt-martialed Pierce for the stampede, which took place on that historical ground.--Advices from New Orleans assure us that our situation there is secure even against a more formidable command and commander, than Butler. The enemy could accomplish little there, with the best generalship and military ability; they can do nothing with the weakest man they have in commission. We are to be assailed between Savannah and Charleston, wit
The Daily Dispatch: January 28, 1862., [Electronic resource], Reported Surrender of Yankees at Hatteras. (search)
so freely circulated here yesterday, we find gains credence in well-informed circles, as to the Federal garrison at Hatteras having been forced to abandon their position during the late gale, and go over to the main land for security, where they delivered themselves up to the Confederate authorities as prisoners of war. The storm raged with such fury that the water rose to their waists. Finding their magazines and provisions submerged and ruined, and the gale so furious as to prevent assistance from the vessels, they succeeded in fastening together a quantity of lumber, old lighters, &c, making three large rafts, on which the whole of them embarked for the mainland, which they reached without material injury, only a few of them having been lost overboard in the effort. They appeared, it is said, to be willing to meet any fate in the world in order to escape the slow torture and certain death that awaited them as Hatteras. They are reported to have surrendered to Gen. Gatlin.
h the grand English squadron of Napier in any one particular that gives efficiency to a ship in these times; in machinery, guns, armament and missiles, crews or gunners; and yet it came back to England without having reduced or even engaged a single Russian fortification. We must evidently look to some other cause than naval improvements for the Yankee successes at Haiti Port Royal, and that cause is to be fo the weakness of the fortifications, rather than in the strength of the ships. If Hatteras and Port Royal had been provided with proper defences against the shell and-shot of the enemy, the result would have been different, as it will be hereafter, if we do not neglect the common provisions against naval assault which have elsewhere rendered shore batteries invulnerable. We do not recollect but one single success which the combined fleets of England and France, both in the Baltic and the Black Seas, achieved during the Russian war. That was the reduction of the fortification
The Daily Dispatch: may 27, 1862., [Electronic resource], The action at Forts Jackson and St. Philip. (search)
acy, and burst her shells directly over the heads and within a few feet of the 6th North Carolina regiment, commanded by Col. Pender, but one man was hurt; and although their gunboats shelled the woods in which Hood's brigade and the Legion were drawn up, after the enemy were driven out, not a man was touched by them. I can vouch for most of the above circumstances from personal knowledge and observation. Officers of my command attest all I have not seen myself. At Port Royal and Hatteras the result was due partly to overwhelming force, and partly to inexperience on the part of the gunners.--It is said — and I have no doubt of it — that many guns were dismounted by the recoil, owing to the eccentrics having been carelessly left in gear when the pieces were fired. while others were spoiled and rendered useless by the priming wires being left in the vent, while the charge was rammed. Our firing was a so bad. Yet at both those places the loss of the garrison was trifling, whe
llful and gallant style in which they were handled by their able Generals. The movements of Gen. Burnside. The New York Herald, of the 9th noticing Gen. Burnside, who is now shelling some little towns in North Carolina says: With regard to the movements of Gen. Burnside, which were somewhat mysterious heretofore, we learn that two divisions of his army were on shipboard and had actually started to join Gen. McClellan's army ten days ago. The expedition it appears, was hearing Hatteras when a boat from Roanoke Island, with dispatches for Gen. Burnside, containing the intelligence that Gen. McClellan's army was in Richmond, intercepted the fleet Upon this information the troops were ordered back to Newbern, and a boat was sent to Fortress Monroe to obtain positive information. The return of the boat brought the true story, and matters were arranged accordingly. Had the first story proved true. Burnside's army would no doubt, have marched inland to prevent the retreat of
The Daily Dispatch: April 8, 1864., [Electronic resource], The "Rebellion" not to be Crushed by "Mere Weight." (search)
lect of this very simple principle that we have hitherto failed to destroy the rebel armies. Organization is necessary, men are necessary, and material is necessary; but concentration and concerted action are more necessary than all. Enough men have been assembled at Washington city, under the orders of the President, to have gone to Richmond over every armed man in the Confederacy; but instead of concentrating there a sufficient force for the purpose, that great strength has been dissipated in useless efforts all along the Atlantic coast. We have had Hatteras expeditions and Big Bethel, Roanoke Island and Florida campaigns; Port Royal has been taken, and Fort Pulaski, and there have been sieges of Charleston, and all to no purpose, except to murder men; and all this effort, with the effort wasted in the Shenandoah valley, added to even the very worst of our advances against Richmond, must have taken that city. All the effort made in the East has failed for want of concentration.
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