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The Daily Dispatch: October 4, 1861., [Electronic resource], The Religious exercises for the National Fast day. (search)
hode Island and Connecticut were off the Chandeleurs two weeks ago, and the sloop-of-war Freble, mounting nine guns, was also there. They frequently received New Orleans papers, and seemed to be well posted up. Their intention was to fortify Ship Island so as to command the pass and run their gun-boats into the lake, and thus cut off the mail boats and all communication between New Orleans and Mobile. Important from the South--Naval engagement. The following dispatch, by the Balize Tr beyond reach, returned and followed the Water Witch as far as the bar. [Signed,] W. B. Robertson, Captain Artillery, Comd'g. Just in time to Miss the fun. The New Orleans Picayune, of Saturday, says that the evacuation of Ship Island by our forces, which has already been mentioned, proves to have been just in time, as we learn from good authority that it was the intention of Captain Smith, of the Abolition steamer Massachusetts, to proceed with his fleet to shell out the I