interesting from Key West--Heroic Conduct of Confederate seamen — interesting intelligence from North Carolina--facts and Incidents, &c.
We present to our readers this morning a succinct summary of the latest Southern intelligence taken from the columns of exchanges from all portions of the Confederacy:
Interesting from Key West.The Charleston (S. C.) Courier, of Tuesday last, has the following interesting particulars in regard to affairs at Key West, Fla., which it obtained from two gentlemen reported in Tampa (Fla.) Peninsula as having lately escaped from the former place: They estimate the forces at Key West and Fort Jefferson at about 1,000 men. There are about 250 regulars, two companies of artillery, and one company of Billy Wilson's Zouaves. The workmen, about one hundred and fifty in number, had also formed themselves into a company of Home Guards. There is a citizen patrol corps composed of Northern men, commanded by Capt. Daniel Davis, a Connecticut Yankee, a low and vulgar fellow, despised by all the better portion of the community. Our informants state that they were compelled to leave in such haste to avoid taking the oath of allegiance; that they left in a small boat, the wind blowing a gale at the time, having with them only ten pounds of hard bread and three gallons of water for their whole company of six men. The bread was soon spoiled from salt water, and in this condition, after being out four days and nights, they were picked up by the sloop Kate Dale, and taken into Tampa. They state that a large number of persons at Key West were compelled to take the oath or leave their families to the mercy of the enemy. Among those who were under this necessity was Mr. F. J. Morena, brother-in-law of Secretary Mallory. Many of those persons went up to take the oath with tears in their eyes. No one was allowed to leave Key West without taking the oath, neither for Europe or for an American port. One gentleman wanted to accompany this party and take his wife with him. Both slaves and free negroes are obliged to take the oath. One free negro, named Pablo Rogers, obstinately refused, said he was a Southern man and belonged to St. Augustine. They discharged him from his employment on Fort Jefferson, and sent him adrift. There were two English frigates and one French frigate at Key West, three guard boats, a number of captures, &c. The Commander of the English frigate Challenger asked permission of Major French, Commandant of the Fort, to be allowed to exercise his men at a target. Major French refused, whereupon the French Commander went on; set up a target, and practiced at it, almost immediately under the guns of the Fort. Major French did not interfere, but afterwards paid the frigate a visit, when they covered their Armstrong guns, so as to shield them from observation. The famous schooner Wanderer, which is one of the prizes in port, is now used as a patrol and guard boat. Our informants left three behind who had not taken the oath, and were determined to refuse it. These were Wm. Randolph, formerly of the United States Revenue service, William H. Shaw, and Mr. Duberge. Our informants state that the most lying and exaggerated reports of Northern victories reach Key West regularly through Northern channels of communication. When the party left Key West it was reported that the officers of the English and French man- of-war vessels were to have a meeting to draw up a report to their Governments, setting forth the total inefficiency of the blockade. Messrs. Stran and Ford report that the Florida coast, between Tampa and Key West, is entirely clear of the blockaders.
Heroic Conduct of Confederate seamen.The New Orleans True Delta, in its graphic account of the splendid exploit of the Manassas, relates an act of chivalrous courage performed by two seamen while shot and shell were falling thickly upon the ram, which deserves to be held in everlasting remembrance. The Richmond now took the Vincennes in tow, and the Water Witch grappled the Preble, all the time keeping up a heavy fire on the ram, but without striking her except once, and then knocking down the remaining chimney over the vent of the other one. This choked up the outlet for the smoke, and as they were yet burning the far, sulphur and tallow, the asphyxiating gas that arose from it rushed down and spread throughout the boat, threatening to suffocate every one in a few minutes. Nothing was to be done except for some one to go on deck and cut away the wreck, while the ships, less than a quarter of a mile distant, were raining their balls all around them. Seizing an axe, Mr. Hardy rushed up the companion way, nor could Lieut. Warley, who had not discovered the accident, hold him back. Austin saw him go up, and knowing that he could not stand alone on the arched roof, followed him up. There, on the unguarded top, Hardy cut away the fallen chimney and its guys with the axe, while Austin, bracing his feet firmly apart, held him steady. All the while the balls and shells were whistling past and around them. The vent was opened and the sulphurous smoke rushed out, just as those below were getting suffocated.
Exciting intelligence.The Newbern (N. C.) Progress, of the 23d, contains the following: ‘ An extra train arrived here yesterday morning from Goldsboro', bearing a dispatch from Gen. Gatlin to Gen. Hill, Col. Singletary, and other officers in command in this section, which he had received from Gen. Huger, of Norfolk, to the effect that a large Federal fleet has left New York for an attack on this place and Fort Macon. The information seems to have reached General Huger through a channel not altogether reliable, but supported by circumstances which did not justify inattention to it, hence he communicated the information to Gen. Gatlin, and he urges upon the officers in command here to push forward the works with all possible speed. We think this is right, but at the same time would as soon think the attack would fall about Norfolk or somewhere on the Potomac. It may be a feint. ’
Sugar — better times coming.The Atlanta Intelligencer has the following in regard to the probabilities of a reduction in the price of this very desirable article of home consumption. The concluding sentences we cordially recommend for the adoption of our readers: ‘ There is every indication that the price of sugar must soon come down to a living rate. The large sale of this article which takes place in Charleston on the 31st instant, will help to reduce its value, while the certainty that an abundant supply will come from Louisiana are long, will also influence the market. We see it stated in the Franklin (La.) Banner, that active measures are now being adopted for sugar making. About the last of the month, that paper states, nearly all of the furnaces will be in full blast. The late cool nights and fine days have had a fine effect upon the cane, and the sugar crop of that parish alone will be quite heavy, probably forty thousand hogsheads. Consumers in Georgia ought to purchase lightly till better times come. The speculators in this article of prime necessity will yet be caught. ’
St. Augustine (Fla.) Banner, of the 5th, has the following paragraph in relation to the arrival of Gen. E. Kirby Smith, at the place, who goes there to take command of the Florida forces: ‘ "We are gratified to announce that Gen. E. Kirby Smith and lady arrived in this city — the General's home, on Thursday evening.--The General and his lady were immediately waited upon, at the residence of Hon. B. A. Putnam, by a large number of citizens, friends, and admirers of the General, who were happy to greet him on his return to his native city. "The reception was most cordial and enthusiastic; his old neighbors are justly proud of their distinguished townsman. A patriotic salute was promptly fired by our citizen soldiers, who turned out in force on the occasion. The cheers of the ladies, who had assembled in crowds, were an interesting and stirring part of the proceedings, and the response of the General to their salutations, as well as his replies to his military friends and admirers, were very happy and were exceedingly well received." ’
Electoral Ticket for North Carolina.The following gentlemen have been selected as Presidential electors for the State of North Carolina: ‘ State at Large.--Wm. B. Rodman, of Beaufort; Haywood W. Guion, of Lincoln. ’ Districts.--1st, John Pool, of Pasquotank; 2d, H. F. Bond, of Lenoir; 3d, L. W. Humphrey, of Onslow; 4th Jesse G. Shepherd, of Cumberland; 5th, Weldon N. Edwards, of Warren; 6th, Hon. D. S. Reid, of Rockingham; 7th, A. G. Foster, of Randolph; 8th, J. M. Long, of Cabarrus; 9th, Anderson Mitchell, of Iredell; 10th, A. W. Woodfin, of Buncombe.
Our Generals.The South Carolinian publishes the following extract from a letter from a staff officer of the Army of the Potomac: ‘ My note has been detained, and in the meantime I have seen as article in the Mercury of the 24th of September, named, "Justice to our Generals on the Potomac." Gen. Beauregard called my attention to it, and authorized me to deny unequivocally the assertion that "he had applied to President Davis for leave to advance on the enemy and that it had been refused." I have the means of knowing, and have good reason to believe that Gens. Johnston, Beauregard, and Smith, are in full accord with the President (who is now here,) as to the policy of the existing operations of the army. ’
A patriotic manThe Macon Telegraph, of Monday last, says: ‘ We were introduced yesterday to Col. John Smith, of Wilkinson, who offers, in his own example, a bright illustration of patriotic devotion to the country. He is a planter of considerable wealth--sixty years of age.--stalwart in frame, and with a body still sound and vigorous. His only son is a private in the ranks of the Confederate army: and he himself has uniformed and fitted out, at his own expense, a company — the Smith Guards, 2d Georgia regiment--in which he carries a musket as a private, refusing to accept any other position in the service. His regiment is now on coast duty, and he had in his pocket leave of absence for five days.--When the Hessians can show examples of patriotism like this, they may talk about whipping us, but not before. ’
Receipts of rice in Charleston.The Charleston Courier, of the 22d, announces eight arrivals of vessels in one day at that place loaded with rice. The receipts sum up as follows:
|Schooner Theo. Stoney||3,000|
|Sloop Rising Sun||2,000|
|Schooner Geo. Chisholm.||180|