The Norfolk Navy-Yard
--The Reason Why the Officers in Command were not Captured.
--‘"Personnel,"’ the witty and intelligent correspondent of the Charleston Courier
, who has recently been on a visit to Norfolk
, communicates to that paper some interesting facts with regard to the capture of the Gosport Navy-Yard
From his letter of the 25th instant, we make the following extract:
The real truth is that a handful of men only assisted in the capture, and the only artillery mounted to attack the Yard
were three insignificant guns on the opposite side of the river.
Had the Federal
officers known the actual condition of affairs, they could have blown Norfolk
into atoms, and for weeks defied any force brought against them at that time.
I have been informed — a fact of which I was not before aware — that had it not been for the imprudence of ex-Governor Wise
in speaking too openly of our plan to make the capture, while traveling hither on the cars, and thus revealing to a Lieutenant in citizen's dress who was en route
to the Yard
to report himself, we should have bagged the whole bevy of officers, and secured the place without any loss of property.
Fortune favored us, however, as it was. The wind shifted during the conflagration, and blew the flames back to their starting point; the powder refused to ignite; and the brave efforts of the Norfolk
boosted the best part of the burning ships.