Destruction of salt works.
--The salt works at West Bay
have been totally destroyed by the Yankees
, 100 negroes taken off, and the Yankees
were at one time within fifty seven miles of Merianna.
It was stated that the enemy, by entering East Bay
, cut off Capt. Robertson
's company by means of their gunboats, and thus at the west end of St. Andrews
they had their own way. After shelling awhile, and producing a general scatteration on shore, the Yankees
landed, took possession of the negroes mentioned, smashed kettles, burned wagons, killed mules, and caused a general destruction.
There seemed to be a general run and abandonment of everything on shore.