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th, and her glorious cause.
Monday, May 30th. My patience is sorely tried by the mechanics.
The water-tanks for the Sumter are not yet completed.
The carriage for the 8-inch gun was finished, to-day, and we are busy laying down the circles for it, and cutting the holes for the fighting-bolts.
The carriages for the 32-pounders are promised us, by Saturday next, and also the copper tanks for the magazine.
Our ammunition, and small arms arrived, yesterday, from Baton Rouge.
Besides the Brooklyn, at the Passes, we learn, to-day, that the Niagara, and Minnesota, two of the enemy's fastest, and heaviest steamships have arrived, to assist in enforcing the blockade, and to lie in wait for some ships expected to arrive, laden with arms and ammunition, for the Confederacy.
May 31st.—The tanks are at last finished, and they have all been delivered, to-day.
Leeds & Co. have done an excellent job, and I shall be enabled to carry three months' water for my crew.
We shall now get on, rapi
L'Outre, to the effect, that a boat from the Brooklyn had put into the river and was making for the service with the enemy.
The object of the Brooklyn's boat, which, as we have seen, pulled into t
At Pass à L'Outre there are three ships, the Brooklyn, and another propeller, and a large side-wheed steamed about four miles down the pass, the Brooklyn was seen riding very quietly at her anchors, e may be able to add half a knot more.
The Brooklyn soon loosed, and set her sails, bracing them er.
As the rain blew off to leeward, and the Brooklyn reappeared, she seemed fearfully near to us, se, I began to perceive that I was eating the Brooklyn out of the wind; in other words, that she wast the most beautiful of them all was when the Brooklyn let fly all her sheets, and halliards, at onc-past 3, the chase was abandoned, the baffled Brooklyn retracing her steps to Pass à l'outre, and thety was wholly allayed, as soon as we saw the Brooklyn turn away from us.
We were, as yet, only a
charge of a prize crew, with the hope that she may be able to elude the vigilance of the blockading squadron, of the enemy, and run into some one of the shoal passes, to the westward of the mouth of the Mississippi, as Barrataria, or Berwick's Bay.
In great haste, I avail myself of this opportunity to send you my first despatch, since leaving New Orleans.
I can do no more, for want of time, than barely enumerate, without describing events.
We ran the blockade of Pass à L'Outre, by the Brooklyn, on the 30th of June, that ship giving us chase.
On the morning of the 3d of July, I doubled Cape Antonio, the western extremity of Cuba, and, on the same day, captured, off the Isle of Pines, the American ship, Golden Rocket, belonging to parties in Bangor, in Maine.
She. was a fine ship of 600 tons, and worth between thirty and forty thousand dollars. I burned her. On the next day, the 4th, I captured the brigantines Cuba and Machias, both of Maine, also.
They were laden with sugars.