Charleston Horror Barricaded.
succeeded, on the night of the 19th inst, in sinking 15 of their stone hulks on the Charleston
bar. The Courier
observes that, if placed in a single file, and allowing the large amount of 200 feet obstructing capacity to each vessel, the whole will blockade about 3,000 feet. In connection with the about the Mercury
has a water front — from the Rattlesnake Shoal
to Folly Island
beach — of about six miles, with numerous passages to and from the sea. On the occurrence of the first heavy Northeaster, after the sinking of the wrecks, the force of the wind, the heave of the sea, and the action of the quick-sands, will, according to all previous experience, dissipate the Yankee
obstructions with a rapidity nearly as great as that of the late terrible conflagration.
We have known new and first-class ships, of nearly 1,000 tons capacity, loaded with railroad iron
, stop on the bar, in mid channel, and in a few weeks there would hardly be a trace of them, and what could be found had worked upon the shallow part of the bar — The permanent closing of Charleston harbor
by sinking vessels at the entrance, we consider an impossibility; and nothing but a Government mad with folly and revenge would attempt it. This attempt of the Yankees
, however, will have one good effect, in tending to quiet the nerves of any excitable attisens who may have supposed that the Lonecinites in tended an attack on our city from the sea.