--The Wilmington Journal
, of Monday last, says:
We gave last week a statement that the enemy had appeared at Swansboro
' in On slow county.
We thought ourselves fully justified in so doing.
We have since found beyond doubt that there were no Federal there at that time, nor had any been there, nor, to our knowledge, have any been there up to this time.
On Saturday last we had the pleasure of seeing the Rev. Mr. Martin
, from Heanfor which place be left a little over a week ago and from him we learned, how the report originated.
It would seem that a citizen of Onslow county
got a pass to go to Newbern
to look after a runaway negro, and the Federal
pickets then at Shepherdstown
, the depot on the railroad next above Beaufort
, told him that boats and troops were to go to Swansboro
' that day, (some day of the week before last.) This was told to Mr. Martin
and he repeated it as told to him. It soon assumed a positive form, that they were Swansboro
', and that Mr. Martin
, right from there, said so.
saw the Nashville
go out. The fort is not either blown up or evacuated, is it short of provisions or likely to be.