Capture of Confederate pickets.
--It has been the custom of the pickets of both sides to respect the Spanish Consul's Office
at Pensacola, Fla.
, as neutral ground, where both could meet upon terms of peace and hold free conversation.
A few days since eight of our pickets, including two officers, visited the Consul
's office, and were joined by the Consul
and two Yankee naval officers.
While the parties were engaged in conversation, a force of about thirty Yankees surrounded the office and claimed our pickets as prisoners, and marched them off to Fort Barrancas
, against the protest of the naval officers, who charged their friends with mean cowardice, who would not have dared to face the eight pickets in the woods.
All this talk, however, had no effect to save them; they were held as prisoners and sent to the fort.
This is but another evidence of the double- distilled meanness of the Yankees