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night, the steamer Calhoun arrived at the wharf foot of Bienville street, having on board Commodore Hollins. A dispatch to announce her arrival had been received from the fort, but few persons saw resent. These, however, sent up a hearty shout for the hero of the naval victory. Commodore Hollins went ashore immediately and drove off to his home. He was excessively fatigued and worn oit ran into the river bank. The plan of firing the fleet was immediately abandoned by Commodore Hollins on the occurrence of this accident, and he proceeded down the river with the gun-boats, fo far abler manner. For over an hour the duel was kept up, but at the end of that time Commodore Hollins signalled our boats to withdraw from so unequal a contest, in which nothing more was to beormant believes that this vessel was the Vincennes, and not the Preble, as was reported by Commodore Hollins. Our little fleet returned up the river and captured the cutter of the steam fri Ric
The Commodore does not express so decided an opinion on this point. All agree that, whether it was the Preble or the Vincennes, she received a terrible, if not an utterly ruinous, blow. At last accounts there was one less steamer at the Passes than at the close of the action of Saturday. The Water Witch was seen to go away, probably with dispatches, and the inference from these observations is that the vessel struck by the Manassas had sunk in fifteen fathoms of water. This is Commodore Hollins's opinion, and seems a reasonable one. All accounts concur in describing the affair as one of the most gallant and spirited over heard or read of in history. It reminds one of the night attack of the English vessels upon the Spanish armada, off Calais, in 1589, when fireships were set adrift in the direction of the proud galleous and galleasses of that boastful fleet, and struck the Duke of Sidonia Medina and the whole of his command with a panic that resulted in their dispersal
aving been joined by the other smaller vessels, proceeded up the river, quietly picking up by the way the Ivy, the McRae, the Tuscarora, and the other vessels of the Confederate navy, and stowing them away in the holds of the big steamers. Commodore Hollins being found aboard one of these ships, was captured and ordered to the mast-head, to enjoin the people of New Orleans of the necessity of their immediate surrender. Simultaneous with the advance of the Lincoln squadron, a powerful armyj. Gen. Billy Wilson, could be distinctly seen waving the stars and stripes from the cupola of the St. Charles Hotel. Meantime, the squadron having drawn up on the river in front of the city, double-shotted the guns and opened the portholes. Com. Hollins, from the masthead of the Niagara, called out to the people that it was best to surrender, whereupon it was moved by Col. Ricardo, who happened to be standing on the roof of the Water Works, engaged in the discharge of his duties as Major-Gene
interesting facts in regard to the naval engagement off New Orleans, which have never before been published: Commodore Hollins arrived here last night, bringing with him a United States supply vessel, a prize. She was a Lincoln supply vesselhard and fast on the bar.--Our fleet opened fire on her. The Richmond fired several broadsides briskly. It was all Commodore Hollins desired, for every broadside shook her to such a degree that it buried her deeper in the sand. They had erected what Commodore Hollins called "custom houses," on the shore near the mouth of the river. A large quantity of timber, &c., was landed by them, and buildings nearly finished. "They were going to collect revenue," but Commodore Hollins says he was comCommodore Hollins says he was compelled to "shell out the first duty." A war boat from the Richmond made her appearance full of men. He fired three shots from his 32 rifle pounder. Two missed, but the last one struck her midships, and he thinks some one was hurt. He captured
the Mississippi; for the action took place on Friday. The Nashville sailed the same night and could have had the news by telegraph.--But in order to make assurance doubly sure, and that the intelligence might be transmitted at the same time by the regular mails to Europe, so as to reach there about the same time as the Nashville, the military authorities at Norfolk made some excuse for sending a flag of truce to Fortress Monroe, in order to have a local paper containing the dispatch of Capt. Hollins forwarded to Baltimore, whence it found its way to New York. It is worthy of remark that on the occasion of the Federal victory at Chicamacomico the Norfolk rebels searched all passengers, and would not permit a newspaper to come North. But whether founded in truth or not, the report of the naval engagement at New Orleans has produced a temporary effect here and is likely to do the same in Europe. Connected in the public mind with this news is the announcement that, just before th
al blockading vessels. The Northern press, it appears, do not place implicit confidence on Com. Hollins's report of his victory over the Federal blockading vessels at the Head of the Passes in the out it to make us doubt whether it is so much a disaster to our fleet and so great a victory to Hollins as he represents. And first, it is evident that but a small part of our squadron was engaged in the fight. Hollins says we had forty guns in the engagement. Probably we had the Vincennes, 22 guns; Preble, 16 guns; and Water Witch, 2 guns — in all 38 guns. That would leave the Niagara, the the five Passes of the Mississippi will be commanded by the Nationals. It seems probable that Hollins got all the gun-boats he could gather, and started down to the mouth of the river, to drive awalittle fleet that had not suffered a casualty? The Herald also doubts, the correctness of Com. Hollins's account, and thinks it at least exaggerated. Connecticut War Legislature. The L
f the Raleigh, was temporarily detached from the vessel previous to her departure, but will soon arrive in the city, and resume command of her. After completing her repairs the R. will repair to her former cruising ground. A present to Commodore Hollins. The New Orleans Picayune, of the 23d, says: A few of our patriotic citizens assembled and presented to the gallant Com. Hollins, of this naval station, a handsome flag and pennant, which were displayed over his quarters, at the Cmodore Hollins. The New Orleans Picayune, of the 23d, says: A few of our patriotic citizens assembled and presented to the gallant Com. Hollins, of this naval station, a handsome flag and pennant, which were displayed over his quarters, at the Custom-House. The flag is blue, with the anchor and Confederate stars, in white, in the centre of the field, and the streamer is red, white and blue, with white stars on the blue. At sunset there was a salute fired in honor of the occasion.
The Daily Dispatch: October 31, 1861., [Electronic resource], The blockading fleet off New Orleans — News direct from the enemy. (search)
ingston. They rowed to the fort and came up from Barataria in the little steamer Bee. Last evening they reported themselves to General Lovell, at the army headquarters. Dr. Lefebvre was on the schooner Joseph H. Toone, (recaptured by Commodore Hollins,) coming from Havana, when she was captured at half-past 7 o'clock in the evening of the 1st of October, forty miles off Barataria. Capt. Pennington and the crew, with Messrs. Theodore Lewis, (brother of Maj. Gen. Lewis,) Aymar and Dr. Le, and in the meantime treated with great courtesy and consideration. They were informed that while the South Carolina had been on this station she had captured seventeen prizes from us, all small craft. On the 12th instant, the day of Commodore Hollins's attack on the enemy at the head of the passes, the steamers South Carolina and McClellan, which were then cruising off Barataria, were sent for to come to the assistance of the vessels in the Mississippi. They responded without loss of t
rom the city of Brownsville, and taken to Matamoras during the past week. Mayor Dye has issued a notice warning persons engaged in such practices that they had better be on the watch how they break the law, or the officers may catch them at it. The Smith, Robert Smith, Capt. Robert Smith, of the steamer Arazona, is in town again, having arrived here despite of all the Lincolnites in the Gulf, on Thursday night. His conveyance and the way of getting here are all to be kept dark. Col. G. H. Weaver, Col. H. L. Kinny, Lieut. Hollins, Captain Lopez, and Dr. Sutherland, constituted Capt. Smith's escort. Capt. J. R. Mitchell, formerly of the U. S. Navy, arrived at Brownsville from Havana, by way of Tampico. He is on his way to Richmond. He is a native of North Carolina, but was appointed from Florida. While in command of the sloop of-war Wyoming, of the Pacific squadron, he heard of the secession of his adopted State, and immediately resigned on his arrival in San Francisco.
et we ascertain from the inconsistency of their own accounts, and the entanglement into which their own lies involve them, the true character and result of every engagement. Some of their statements are so silly and barefaced that they only serve to provoke our mirth. Last night the news reached us of the sinking of the Yankee steamer Prebel, and that other steamers of the blockading squadron at the month of the Mississippi had been driven on the bar. I hope this is true. We know Captain Hollins by reputation, and put great faith in him. I suppose in a few days we will have the Yankee account of the affair. They do not publish any of their reverses, however, unless they are so apparent that to conceal them would make the disgrace to them worse. I was also rejoiced to learn that the Nashville had run the blockade at Charleston, taking Ministers Mason and Slidell to Europe. Everything seems bright for the South. Whenever we get good intelligence, it does as good to see th
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