Another Notification to Foreign Consuls of opened ports.
The annexed "circular" has been addressed to the Consular Agents
in the Confederate States
It will be seen that it officially announces the raising of the blockade of two Southern ports:
Department of State. Richmond
, February 7th, 1863.
I have again to inform you of the raising of the blockade of two Southern ports by superior forces.
This Government is officially informed of the total dispersion and disappearance of the blockading squadron recently stationed off Galveston harbor by the combined attack of land and naval forces of the Confederacy
In this attack the enemy's steamer Harriet Lane was captured, and the flag ship of the squadron, the Westfield
, was blown up and destroyed.
The blockade of the port of Galveston
is therefore at an end.
The armed river boats which raised the blockade at Galveston
then proceeded to Sabine Pass
, where they again attacked the enemy's blockaders, captured 18 guns, a large quantity of stores, and a number of prisoners.
No blockading fleet now exists off Sabine Pass
, and the steamers of the Confederacy
were, at the last accounts, cruising off the Pass
with no enemy in sight.
This information is given for the guidance of such of the merchants of your nation as may desire to trade with either of the open ports of Galveston
or Sabine Pass