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Rebellion Record: a Diary of American Events: Documents and Narratives, Volume 3. (ed. Frank Moore) 13 1 Browse Search
The Daily Dispatch: January 19, 1865., [Electronic resource] 1 1 Browse Search
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overrated. When the channel is buoyed out, any vessel may carry fifteen feet water over it with ease. Once inside, there is a safe harbor and anchorage in all weathers. From there the whole coast of Virginia and North Carolina, from Norfolk to Cape Lookout, is within our reach, by light draft vessels, which cannot possibly live at sea during the winter months. From it offensive operations may be made upon the whole coast of North Carolina to Bogue Inlet, extending many miles inland to Washington, Newbern, and Beaufort. In the language of the chief engineer of the rebels, Colonel Thompson, in an official report, it is the key of the Albemarle. In my judgment it is a station second in importance only to Fortress Monroe on this coast. As a depot for coaling and supplies for the blockading squadron, it is invaluable. As a harbor for our coasting trade, or inlet from the winter storm, or from pirates, it is of the first importance. By holding it, Hatteras light may again send fort
your soil, thus maintaining unbroken the peace of a border nearly five hundred miles in extent, and protecting the heart of the Republic from the immediate havoc of war. The Federal Government again calls upon you for soldiers. The late disaster at Manassas, serious as it was in many respects to the rebels, has added to their audacity and insolence. Encouraged by apparent success, they have augmented their forces and have enhanced the necessity for vigilance and power at Washington, in Western Virginia, and in Missouri. Twenty-nine regiments of infantry, together with a proportionate force of artillery and cavalry, are now being organized in your State. As the Executive of the State, it becomes my duty to appeal to you to perfect those organizations as rapidly as possible. I invoke you to give no ear to any counsels unfriendly to the prompt and effectual consolidation of the military force which the General Government requires to repel the threatened assaults of the enemy,
Doc. 89. the attack on the Seminole. U. S. Steam sloop Seminole, off Fortress Monroe, Oct. 16, 1861. We arrived here this morning at seven o'clock, having left Washington yesterday morning. Nothing very remarkable occurred on the way down to Quantico Creek. At that point the steamer Pocahontas, which was some miles ahead of us, threw three or four shells into the bushes at Evansport, or Shipping Point, Va. The fire was not returned, and she proceeded on her way. As we neared the Point. at half-past 10 A. M., our decks were cleared for action, all hands at quarters, hatches closed, and every thing ready. At forty-five minutes past ten they opened on us, with rifled shot and shell, from three batteries--two on the bank and one about four hundred yards inland, at Evansport. These shot fell twenty rods short. The Seminole returned the fire briskly, and with effect, from her pivot gun and two medium thirty-two-pounders. We kept on our course, returning their fire during
dred millions for the relief of the planting interest will be an additional burden, to that amount, on the resources of the Government. If this were so, his conclusion would be right, and the scheme would at once be rejected. But his error proceeds from the fallacy of regarding the people of the Confederate States and the Government thereof as separate, independent, and antagonistic entities. The idea is founded on the projection (to use a map-maker's phrase) of the old Yankee system at Washington, and should not be tolerated for a moment in the new Republic of the South. For every moment of its existence the Confederate Government is indebted to the people, whose creature it is, and who have breathed into it the breath of life. But is the issue of a hundred millions of Treasury notes by the Government equivalent to the payment of so much specie by the Government? They may serve the people as money, but they cost the Government nothing but the paper on which they are printed. Th
twelve mules, our killed, (seven,) and wounded, (sixty,) among whom are four captains. Some of our wounded had to be brought the whole distance on stretchers, while I am informed the Pennsylvania ambulances for this division are lying empty at Washington. Lists of killed and wounded, and reports of regimental commanders, are herewith enclosed. It is impossible to remember all who were conspicuous, especially as the fighting occurred in thickets, and was scattered over so much ground. Captainy the Yankees were very kind to our wounded, in bringing them to the house; they also left with them a good many bandages, to be used in dressing their wounds. They said the Potomac was not more than three and a half or four miles distant, and Washington twenty-two. I was speaking with two ladies, one of whose names was Miss Day. She was very sprightly; said that her father had been taken the day before — both her father, Dr. Day, and a Mr. Day. They were charged, she said, with fighting agai
and the intrepid rebels accomplished all they desired. Besides several thousand gallons of good water on board of the Sherwood, a new pump, worth three hundred dollars, fell into the enemy's hands. It is to be hoped that the Navy Department at Hampton Roads will be more on the qui vive, and that our efficient Commodore will allow those vessels having guns of heavy calibre on board to plant an occasional shell into the enemy's stronghold on the opposite shore. What the Department at Washington say to this affair is beyond my comprehension; but I do know that the same is viewed as disgraceful in the extreme by all parties on this point. The passengers, and, in fact, all hands on board of the Express, behaved in a shameful manner, with the exception of a midshipman of the United States frigate Congress, and a sick Zouave coming to the General Hospital, both of whom behaved in a gallant manner, and were the only ones on board who had presence of mind to hoist the American ensign,
t back to England, and not into the rebel States, where he wants to go. Miscellaneous. Governor Fletcher issued a proclamation on the 14th declaring Missouri free State. In St. Louis there was an illumination. The New York papers have nothing new about Blair's peace mission. They copy a great deal on the subject from the Richmond papers. General Sheridan has started on a tour of inspection of the departments under his command. These embrace the Departments of Washington, West Virginia, and the Middle Department. The Confederates are still in possession of Uniontown, Kentucky, and fire upon passing steamers. The Chicago prisoners on trial at Cincinnati for treason and conspiracy have put in pleas as to the jurisdiction of the commission, declaring they are not in the military service, and that this tribunal cannot take cognizance of their case, and that they should be tried by a civil, not a military court. These points were argued yesterday, when the