at had early in the war commenced to swarm upon the coast like bees about the honey flowers.
But they were disappointed in their expectations, for as early as June, 1861, Commodore McKean sent the Powhatan, Lieut. D. D. Porter, to close up the Southwest Pass of the Mississippi, and Commander
U. S. Sloop of war Brooklyn, off Pensacola.
Charles Poor, in the Brooklyn, to blockade Pass à l'outre.
It was through the latter channel that the Sumter, Captain Semmes, escaped to sea, while the neared the head of the passes, when ineffectual attempts were made to get her head up stream (which could easily have been done by letting go an anchor).
The vain efforts continued until the steamships had drifted a mile and a half down the Southwest Pass, when they were discontinued, the helm put up, and the vessel headed towards Pilottown, where her commander thought he would be able to turn round!
When she arrived at Pilottown she still drifted on, and strange to say, she drifted towa