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The Daily Dispatch: December 16, 1861., [Electronic resource], A Federal launch on the Attakapas Coast — capture of the Confederate Schr. Purdy. (search)
Home defence. --A meeting of citizens was held at the City Hall on Saturday night to make arrangements for the organization of a battalion to serve in the batteries near home, in accordance with a notice published in the papers of that day. Col. Wyndham Robertson presided. The object of the meeting was explained by Wm. P. Burwell, Esq., and a committee was appointed to propose a plan for future action, and report to an adjourned meeting on Tuesday night. A satisfactory account of the state of feeling on the South side of the river was given by Col. Burfoot, of Manchester. An appeal was made to the citizens by A. A. Hughes, Esq., who, we learn, is authorized to recruit a company for home service. We hope the meeting on Tuesday night will be largely attended.
e St. Andrew's Hall. This well known and historic building, in which the Convention of the People of South Carolina held its sittings and agreed upon the Ordinance of Secession, on the 20th of December of last year, is now in ruins. The walls are standing, but the interior is entirely consumed. We learn that the splendid full-length portrait of Queen Victoria, by an eminent artist, which has always been considered one of the attractions of the room, as well as the portraits of Tunno, Robertson, King, and others, were removed in time. Institute Hall. This magnificent hall, the largest in the South, is lost to us, and we feel sure that it will be seriously missed — connected as it was with the popular heart by the fact that within its walls the first uprisings of the people of Charleston in this revolution had utterance; and, more than all, because the Ordinance of Secession was ratified there. Those who, but a short year ago, were witnesses of those soul stirring scenes