Southern War news.
the Lincoln gunboats on the Tennessee.
River — what they did at Flarence — Flow the people received them — the War in Tennessee.
The Tuscumble (Ala.) Constitution,
of the 13th Inst., gives us the following particulars of the visit of the enemy to Alabama
The news of the arrival of Lincoln
's gunboats in our waters, on Saturday last, created the most intense excitement in our community, Hitherto the people had reposed in fancied security.
The neighboring towns sent volunteer companies on the iron-horse, and the people of the country for about fifteen miles around, came trooping to town through mud and darkness immediately to the rescue.
Promptly Gov. Shorter
out the militia, and the Confederacy
There is no longer any need to appeal to the people to take up arms.
Every man you meet introduce conversation by the remark, ‘"I came as soon as I got the news,"’ We have made it our special business to find out what aid and comfort the enemy got from Fort Henry
, and as yet have heard of only one man, who at Florence
went down and showed them where to land, and took bacon for his services, and hauled it away after night.
A deputation of citizens of Florence
vidted the gunboats to see what they were doing and what were their intentions, and we are informed were told that the enemy did not intend to burn the bridge or to interfere with private property, but would take the Government stores
and destroy the property of disloyal men, (men who were not Lincolnlies.)
Only two Lincoln
gunboats came up to Florence
They did not burn the old warehouse at the Tuscumbia landing
When they arrived in sight of Florence
the three steamboats loaded with about $90,000 worth of Confederate stores, lying at the bridge, were set fire to by the Confederates
and one of them turned loose, at which the enemy filed two shots and backed down the river to let it pass, and after that fired two more shots, one in the woods and the other not known where.
By direction of a bacon-bought Lincolnite the boats landed at Florence
, bursted open the warehouses and took what they wanted, however, not interfering with goods marked to privats individuals, cut the telegraph wire and tried to steal the news stayed until night and put back down the river.
We understand that five more gunboats came up as high as Newport
, no transports were seen with them.
The report that they whipped us at Big Bear.
Creek and took the bridge in false — the cars ran through yesterday.
The report that they tooka false.
The report that they burned the bridge at Danville
across the Tennesses is untrue, but it is true that they have put a guard on the bridge and boast that in two weeks they will have the whole road.
If that be true it is easy to devise the meaning of their mild policy here.
They intend to return, put cars on our roads to be able to move their armies upon us. This expedition was simply for the purpose of exploring, and they will return with their transports just as soon as they can secure the river behind them.
The Crase and destruction of our river boats.
A correspondent of the Memphis Appeal
, who witnessed the action of the Federal
genboats on the Tennessee river
After the action, the Dunbar
, a Confederate boat, with our transports Time
, Samuel Orr
, Appleton Belle
, and Lynn Boys
, left for the bridge.
Arrangements were made, amidst great confusion, to remove the hospital, commissary stores, and other Government and private property then at Danvilie, all of which were placed aboard of the different boats, and the small fleet started up stream as soon as ready.
being a Government boat, remained at the bridge.
Sentinals were placed on the bridge; the military sommanders of the small force left at the bridge, taking all proper steps to prevent surprise, and save their command from capture by the enemy; and a special train standing ready to start at a momentle notice for Paris station
At six o'clock in the evening, two gunboats have in sight, the military force fired off their guns and retreated, the Dunbar
put out only half a mile in advance of the gunboats.
A anell, fired at us, announded to us that the chase had commenced and before we could get out of eight or range of the Conestoga
, eight shells exploded in a dangerously close procimity of our boat, own escaped, however, and the Dunbar
fiew like a deer before a pack of hounds, giving warning to all boats and all points along the river up to Florence, Alabama
Not able to escape the chase, the Sam., Orr
was first abandoned by her crew, and set on fire by them; next, the Lynn Boyd
were devoted to the names by the owners; next, our gunboat, the Eastport
, about half way finished, was souttied in forty feet water.
We arrived in Florence
at eight o'clock on Friday night, and found at the landing several companies of Alabama volunteers with a large lot of army stores.
Everything was removed up town that night and place on a train and run to Tuseumbia.
During the night the Sam. Kirkman
and Time came in, having made their escape from the chase.
At half-past 8 o'clock on Saturday morning a dispatch was received in Florence
from General Johnston
, at Bowling Green
, commanding a span of the Florence bridge
to be out, in order to let all boats escape.
The boats that were then in Florence
, and could have been saved by that measure, were the Dunher, Jullus Smith
, Time and Sam. Kirkman
But, although the Florence bridge
serves only as a connecting link between Florence
, and, consequently, is of the most trifling value to the Southern Confederacy, that same bridge has been built up by Florence
money, and is the pride of that city.
Consequently, a meeting was held, composed mostly of stockholders, and it was decided best to wait before injuring the bridge until it should be ascertained that the gun boats were coming up to Florence
Of couse it was remarkably sensible, and the coming of the gunboats was ascertained beyond a doubt a few hours afterwards when within fifteen miles of Florence
Of course it was out of question to then go to work and try to do in two hours the work of half a day, and of course the boats had to be burnt to prevent them falling into the hands of the enemy.
At half past 2 o'clock P. M., the gunboats Conectoga
have in sight.
The Julius Smith
was out loose and floated down the river a burning drift.
and Time were set on fire at the landing.
and Alfred Robb
had put out and were destroyed below.
The Roanoke defeat — additional particulars.
The North Carolina Standard
of the 81st North Carolina regiment, (Col. Jordan
's,) and Lieut. Steagal
of the same regiment, with one or two others, have arrived.
These two officers were left with a few men in charge of the stores, camp equipage, &c., at the camp in the north part of the Island
They were charged by Colonel Jordan
, in the event of a disaster, to secure the valuable papers and other effects of the regiment and to make their escape, and deliver them to the authorities here.
On Thursday night before the battle on Friday, Col. Jordan
was ordered down the Island
with his regiment, and took position near, the battleground.
, of the 8th State Troops, was in command, and his regiment, with a reinforcement from the Wise Legion
of about 500 men, were in position in the advance.
On Friday the aftempts of the enemy to land were ineffectual, being prevented by our advance force.
The bombardment from the enemy's first, though kept up nearly all day, did no damage either to our fleet or men. The enemy was mainly replied to by our fleet under command of Com. Lynch
Early Saturday morning the enemy succdeded in landing 5,000 men on the south end of the island, but they were two or three times repulsed and driven into the sound up to their armpits.--These charges, we understand, were mainly screened by the Richmond Blues, under Capt Wise
and others of the Wise Legion
The enemy succeeded in forcing our men to retreat up a causeway through a marsh at the north end of which we had a field battery of three pieces drawn by old mules.
This battery was well served by Col. Shaw
's men, and as long as their ammunition lasted it played have with the Yankees
But just as that auspleturs moment the ammunition gave out, and they bad to send six, miles up the Island
to get more and on or cert was dispatched in bridg it.
The driver was soon killed by a chance shot, and another took his place; but the battle ended before the ammunition was obtained.
About this period, it was discovered that the enemy had landed about 18,000 additional men at other points, who were about to surround our small force of Only two companies (Capt Knight
to and capt ) of Colonel Jordan
a regiment are supposed to have been in the fight.
They had the best arms in the regiment, though not of the best.
The rest were held in reserve, except Capt. Godwin
's company from Robeson
, which had charge of the batteries on the Tyrrell shore, and it is believed they effected their escape.
shaw's entire regiment is believed is have been to the action and the 500 of the Wise Legion
— making only about 1,300 men actually against the enemy.
The Richmond Ripes were hadly out up as were other companies of the Wise Legion
Lieut. Bryant Cary
that Col. Jordan
arrived at the camp between 12 and 1 o'clock Saturday and ordered him and Lieut. Stergal
to make their escape with the papers of the regiment informing him that the battle war that our men were further says that Col. Jordan
told him tha the courage on both sides was dreadful.