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Island no.10.

The circumstances connected with the surrender of this position, with all its guns, ammunition, &c., are humiliating in the extreme. The daily bulletin from Island No.10 for many days represented that the enemy, after an incessant bombardment of many hours, had inflicted no injury. We were constantly assured that the place was impregnable, and that the enemy never could pass it. Brigadier-General Makell assumed command of the post on the 5th in a flaming order, in which he pronounced himself a ‘"General made by Beauregard — a General selected by Generals Beauregard and Bragg."’ Two days afterwards the island was surrendered, and along with it, according to the Federal Commodore Foote, seventy cannon, varying from 32 to 100-pounders, rifled. He adds: ‘"The magazines are well supplied with powder, and there are large quantities of shot, shell, and other munitions of war, and also great quantities of provisions. Four steamers afloat have fallen into our (their) hands."’ The Commodore says that the works were ‘"erected with the highest engineering skill,"’ were ‘"of great strength, and with their natural advantages would have been impregnable, if defended by men,"’ he chooses to say, ‘"fighting for a better cause,"’ It may be that Foote desired to magnify his own achievement by representing the place as stronger than it really was; but, then, did not our own accounts, and the vain boasting of the Memphis telegraphs, make the defences just as strong and impregnable as the burnt-foot Commodore does? They certainly did; and were it not that we have been so often surprised by the surrender of forts and fortifications that were boasted of as impregnable, we should, indeed, be amazed at the surrender of the famed Island No.10, which has furnished so many paragraphs for telegraphing.

But even the surrender need not have carried necessarily along with it the ammunition and the boats! Could they not have been destroyed? Why add all this and the provisions to the new present of cannon to the Federalists? Our gifts of cannon have been quite munificent — even to impoverishing ourselves — and we need not add so liberally of other things in our offerings to those who are better supplied than we are.

We do not know that we would inquire into these matters. We are utterly disgusted with these islands, and trust that they are ended with Island No.10. They and the lost forts were all fruitful enough of disappointment and mortification; but Island No.10 seems to have capped the climax, and by right excellence ought to wind up this miserable history.

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