When the boats from the Baltic
landed at Fort Monroe
, one of them was left at the fort under the command of Lieut. Snyder, U. S. A.
, who was a passenger in the Baltic
. Soon afterwards he started from the fort, having in his boat a howitzer, with two boxes of ammunition and 16 boxes of rifle cartridges.
The current was so strong that the heavy-laden boat could not make the ship, and was only brought up about five miles away from her by making an anchor of a box of rifle cartridges, and she drifted into shallow water, awaiting either a change of tide or succor from the Baltic
. While lying there, two horsemen came down to the beach, and after surveying the boat for a few minutes, retired and reported to a company of soldiers, who were concealed in the bushes at some distance from the beach.
The horsemen returned in about half an hour, and riding into the water, flourishing their swords, hailed the boat and asked who she was, and what was her business there.
replied that it was a boat from the Baltic
, with a howitzer and ammunition for that vessel.
The horsemen rode off without further question, the word howitzer probably conveying the idea of sharper work than they were prepared to encounter, and Lieut.
S. was unmolested during the remainder of the night.
At the change of tide he made his way to the Baltic
, reaching her about daylight, with the loss of one box of rifle cartridges.--N. Y. Times, April 27