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Brilliant Action of Florida Volunteers--Recapture of Prizes--United States LI a tenant and Nineteen Sailors Taken Prisoners.

The New Orleans Delta of July 12, contains the following:

We had the satisfaction to-day of hearing from the lips of Capt. N. H. Smith, of the schooner Olive Branch, the full particulars of one of the most successful and gratifying incidents in the history of the blockade, which an insolent foe is attempting to maintain on our coast. The telegraph has already announced the recapture off the Florida coast of four small schooners. which the piratical Massachusetts stole in the Mississippi Sound, and bore off as prizes, to divide as booty among the hirelings of Abe Lincoln, including those sentimental and patriotic young officers of the United States Navy, who profess so much fraternal feeling for our people, but do not shrink from the most petty stealing, which even a barbarous tribe would scorn to employ in a regular war.

The four schooners captured in the Sound, before even any formal announcement of a blockade had been made to the authorities of Biloxi, are the Fanny, the Three Brothers, the Basilide and the Olive Branch. There was also a Mexican schooner taken at the same time, the name of which we could not ascertain. They were all small vessels, of fifty or sixty tons, and were employed in the lumber and carrying trade along the coast.

After making this haul, the Massachusetts towed the prizes to the Brooklyn, when the four named were placed in charge of Lieut. Solden, and nineteen U. S. sailors as a prize crew, with orders to take them to Tortugas — The captains and men all refused to aid in the navigation of the prizes, and Lieut. Selden, left to his own resources of sailorship, made a sad mess of it in trying to get to Tortugas, and after a great deal of blundering and casting about turned up quite unexpectedly off Cedar Keys, which is about 300 miles from his destination. Here the vessels were becalmed within sight of the land. The Floridians, of which there happened to be an encampment in the vicinity, soon descried the becalmed fleet, and having been annoyed by the piratical craft of the enemy, determined to look into the matter.--The steamer Madison, plying upon the Suwanee river, was therefore engaged for the occasion, and being armed with two small pieces, and manned by sixty Florida volunteers, proceeded towards the fleet. As the Madison approached, Lieut. Selden, who was on board of the Fanny, displayed the U. S. flag and had his sails up. As soon as this was done the Madison fired one of her pieces at the Fanny, whereupon Lieutenant Selden, in a childish display of heroism, fired his revolver which caused his men to jump into the hold of the Fanny in terrible fear of a destructive fusillade from the Madison. But the latter quietly steamed up, and Major Widsmith, who commanded the Floridians, called out to the Fanny to haul down her flag and her sails, or he would blow her out of the water. Lieut. Selden not obeying the order with sufficient promptitude, the Captain of the Fanny did it for him. She was then boarded by the Floridians, was taken possession of, and Lieut. Selden and party were held as prisoners of war. The other vessels were also taken possession of and carried into the Suwanee, where they now are. The prisoners are in the hands of the Florida authorities, by whom we hope they will be held securely for further orders from the Confederate Government.

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