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Lt.-Colonel Arthur J. Fremantle, Three Months in the Southern States, June, 1863. (search)
made the attack at daylight, and though much fired at were never struck. They seem to have taken the Yankees by surprise, and to have created great alarm; but at that time the blockading squadron consisted entirely of improvised men-of-war. Since this exploit, the frigate Ironsides, and the sloop of war Powhatan, have been added to its strength. It poured with rain during the evening, and we had a violent thunderstorm. General Beauregard returned to Charleston this afternoon. 12th June, 1863 (Friday). I called at an exchange office this morning, and asked the value of gold; they offered me six to one for it. I went to a slave auction at 11; but they had been so quick about it that the whole affair was over before I arrived, although I was only ten minutes late. The negroes — about fifteen men, three women, and three children — were seated on benches, looking perfectly contented and indifferent. I saw the buyers opening the mouths and showing the teeth of their new purc