Daring exploit of citizens
--Three Vessels Captured or Burnt.
--About three weeks since, Capt. Jas. Duke
and eighteen citizens of Mobile
determined on making a "raid" excursion to the mouth of the Mississippi
, and left the city.
Nothing was heard of them until the 11th inst., when a fine propeller, called the Boston
, arrived alongside the Mobile wharf
with the Confederate
flag flying over the United States
gives the following account of the daring exploit:
After lying in wait, like Micawber, for something to turn up, and fighting mosquitoes in the swamp, on Tuesday evening, the 9th inst., they saw the Boston
towing in the ship Jenny Lind
, with a load of ice, from Boston
They boarded her, with their pistols drawn.
It was quite laughable to see the consternation of the abolitionists, many of them exclaiming: "I told you they were the d — d rebels!" "Here we are boarded by the d — d rebels," &c.
They cut the Boston
from the ship, put all hands on board, and on Wednesday morning, at 5 A. M., they saw the bark Lenox
, Capt. Cole
, from New York, with an assorted cargo of Yankee merchandise, making her way up the river to New Orleans.
They boarded her, took the captain, passengers and a part of the crew off, sent the others on shore, and then set fire to and burnt up the bark.
On Sunday they made chase after another which they overhauled some 35 miles from Pass a I Outre.
She proved to be the bark Texana
, Capt. Wulff
, also from New York, with an assorted cargo of merchandize and a quantity of arms.
They boarded her, took the captain, mate and some of the crew on board, sent the balance on shore; helped themselves to a couple of cases of fine hats, and set fire to and destroyed her, and then started for home, running through the fleet outside without being molested by them.
They brought in some 17 or 18 of the prisoners, including Captains Cole
, who are well known in this city as old traders.
In the Mississippi river
were for some time within speaking distance of the U. S. man of war Portsmouth
, 16 guns, and about half an hour previous to their capturing the Boston
, a gunboat had passed up within gun-shot of our men. The prize will prove very valuable to the captors, and shows what daring can accomplish in the way of a little private enterprise.
What a howl will go up in New York when they hear the news.
The Boston was cheered all along our front as she came in, with the Confederate
flag over the gridiron.