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l to our defences of the Potomac while actively and heavily reinforcing our noble army on the James river. An intelligent army officer gives it as his opinion that if we were at once to withdraw Scarcely a night passes, when the wind is south, but we hear the guns in the vicinity of the James river, while the curiosity of the volunteers is only equalled by the intense anxiety of the citizenreed on, as forming parts of the summer campaign: 1. the immediate obstruction of the James river, so as to make it impossible for McClellan to use it as a means for communicating with the Gour cities fully five hundred thousand troops. the plan adopted for the obstruction of the James river was by the secret erection of permanent batteries, to be afterwards mounted with heavy guns o of these batteries are already in the course of erection at various commanding points on the James river, where they are completely concealed by the thick woods and bushes. This dense foliage affor
The Daily Dispatch: July 19, 1862., [Electronic resource], Experience of a "Contraband" in the Yankee lines. (search)
From the North.the capture of the Thazer. The little tug Teaser, captured in James river not long since, arrived at Washington on Wednesday. She is to be reported. The following is the official account of her capture: U. S. Steamer Maratanzs, James River, July 4, 1862. Sir --In obedience to your order, I proceeded up the river this afternoon, accompanied by the Monitor, for the purpose of making a reconnaissance, and ascertaining the force and position of the one my in the neighborhood of Turkey Bend. Nothing was seen of the enemy until I opened the reach of the river at Haxall's, when I discovered an enemy's gunboat, which, as soon as she discovered my approach, opened fire. This I immediately returned, and, on the third fire, a shell passed through and exploded her boiler. The crew at once precipitately abandoned her, and on coming up, I took possession, capturing everything on board, including public and private papers and effects, even the side arms of