New York, May 10
.--A rigger from New London, Connecticut
, who has found employment as such during the winter at Charleston
and Wilmington, North Carolina
, and in plying as a hand on board a vessel running between those places, called at the Tribune
office yesterday morning.
He said that he had just arrrived from Wilmington
in the schooner which brought the garrison of the Fayetteville arsenal, and that he came to contradict the story sent from Charleston
, that no one was killed in the attack on Fort Sumter
He had not seen any late Northern papers, and did not know that any thing had been printed about the hundreds killed at Morris Island
and in Fort Moultrie
He was on the Battery
during the first day of the fight.
The news was all the while that nobody was hurt.
A number of Northern men were together, and they, doubting this story, agreed to go back and see what they could see during the night.
So they went down where the boats came in.
At about 10 o'clock one of the two steamboats which plied between the town and the forts came in. Three or four long covered vehicles, with a tarpaulin curtain hanging down behind, called cabs in Charleston
and covered wagons in New England
, had been standing there for some time.
One of them backed up on the wharf, and they began to bring dead bodies on hand-barrows from the little steamboat, and take them into the cabs, where they laid them in long boxes.
There were three of these boxes in each cab, and they put two bodies in each box. He says that he and his friends saw the boxes and the bodies passed in, and when one was passed in, the tarpaulin was allowed to fall.
Some of the men who were with him will soon be here on the schooner John S. Smith
They knew of these boats running, and thought if there was any thing coming ashore they might get some news.
They waited until 2 o'clock in the morning; and during the four hours they were there, one of the boats went off and came back with another load.
There were at least a dozen carts, and those which returned were not gone over three-fourths of an hour.
The number of bodies carried away must have been nearly 100.
The next night also they went down to the Battery
, and saw more bodies brought on shore, about half as many as on the first night.
Some men who had been wounded in the hotel in Moultrieville were brought to the city in the daytime.
One of this party learned from a hand on one of the boats, that the first shot at Fort Moultrie
entered an embrasure and killed 30 odd men. This man was a cooper, and belonged in Bridgeport
.--N. Y. Tribune, May 10