It is going to be the very mischief to run the Lincolnites off Santa Rosa Island
if they don't want to go. We may and will make Fort Pickens
hot for them, but they have plenty of men, and can get as many more as Lincoln
can send them; when Pickens
is rendered untenable, they can entrench themselves — beyond the reach of our batteries, if they like, and so keep up their camp as long as they please, or until we leave the mainland to attack them in their strong-hold.
We cannot starve them out without a naval force superior to that at their command.
So we shall have to keep a strong force on hand to watch this nest of impudent fellows right under our noses.
The knocking to pieces of Fort Pickens
will not be getting rid of them if they are of a mind to stay on the island.
There is plenty of sand there for batteries, and our reports show that the enemy is using it to fortify his lines.--Mobile Adv., April 23