a Reconnaissance — enemy driven off — a printing office destroyed — burning of steamer Calhoun
Augusta, Jan. 27.
--The Savannah Morning News
, of this morning, says that thirteen Federal vessels, seven of which number were steamers, were reported to be off Skiddaway Island
Fifteen were also seen from Fort Pulaski
, bound Southward.
The Confederate steamers Savannah
and St. Johns
have reconnoitered Wall's Cut and found the enemy trying to remove the obstructions placed in that locality.
The Confederates discharged muskets at the Yankees
, who quickly fled, leaving their provisions, bedding, blankets, &c.
The printing office of the Sumter Republican
, at Americus, Ga.
, has been destroyed by fire.
The New Orleans Crescent
says that the steamer Calhoun
entered a Louisiana port on Thursday night, where she accidentally burst a boiler and became unmanageable.
, fearing a capture, burnt the vessel.
The cargo was very valuable.
Shortly after the commencement of hostilities the Calhoun
was fitted up at New Orleans as a privateer.
She made several trips, and succeeded in bringing in a number of rich prizes.
Her loss is to be regretted, but it is a matter for gratification that she has not been taken a prize by the enemy.