A correspondent of the Richmond Whig
, writing from Norfolk
, gives the following account of affairs at the time of the destruction of the Gosport Navy Yard
The truth is, everybody was drunk, from Commodore Macaulay
, the commandant, down.
was so drunk as to be incapable of any duty, and had to be borne to the ship on a litter.
Nearly every officer, it was reported, was having a high old time.
It seems we have a swilling set opposed to us, even those filling the highest stations.
A gentleman arrived here this morning, who, with several others, was arrested while passing through Washington
, for being Southerners, and taken into the presence of the august Baboon.
He declares that Lincoln
was so drunk that he could scarcely maintain his seat in the chair; and it was notorious in Washington
that he had been in a state of intoxication for more than thirty-six hours. The man is scared nearly to death, and few people in that city are in any better condition.--N. O. Delta, April 29