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The Daily Dispatch: May 3, 1864., [Electronic resource], Reported Sinking of two Yankee gunboats by the Florida. (search)
Reported Sinking of two Yankee gunboats by the Florida. The following dispatch was received at the Navy Department yesterday from the commandant at Fort Fisher, at the entrance of Wilmington harbor: Fort Fisher, May 1, 1864. Hon. S. R. Mallory, Secretary of Navy: Sir: I have authentic intelligence by Greyhound, from Nassau, that the Florida has sunk the Huntsville and another gunboat in the West Indies. Col. Lamb. The Huntsville is a screw ship of 817 tons, and five guns, and is one of the East Gulf squadron. The Florida is at present commanded by Lieut. C. M. Morris and S. W. Averett is her First Lieutenant. Capt. Maffit, who formerly commanded her, is sick, and was relieved from command in consequence thereof. He is now on his way home. We were unable to obtain a full list of her officers.