, useless shell.
Scarcely anything was saved, the passengers losing a portion of their baggage.
A splendid suit of uniform, sent as a present to Gen. Lee, was also burned, and beside a large cargo of shoes and army goods belonging to the Government.
It was a total loss.
Soon after daybreak a company of the same guard come down to assist us, and from them we learned we were at Little River Inlet, S. C., some sixty miles south of where it was supposed we made the land.
I have thus given a plain statement of facts regarding the loss of this fine steamer and her cargo, leaving all comment upon them until an investigation of the case shall be had, and the blame for the loss clearly established.
The following persons were passengers on the Vesta from Bermuda: Mrs. John Mitchell, Miss Minnie Mitchell, Miss Isabel Mitchell, Mr. T. J. Seed, Mr. J. C. Moses, C. S. Navy; Lieut. J. H. Gardner, do.; Mr. H. W. Perrin, do.; Mr William Shepardson, do. They have all arrived in Richmond.