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The Daily Dispatch: December 10, 1861., [Electronic resource], From
From Norfolk. probable engagement near Newport News--the escape of Baker to Fort Pickens--Lincoln's message — appointment — measures taken in Portsmouth for the relief of the Poor, &c. [special Correspondence of the Dispatch.] Norfolk, Dec. 7, 1861. Discharges of heavy ordnance were heard here yesterday, in t
unning between Fort Monroe and Newport News, and it is not improbable that a fight took place not far from the latter place yesterday.
It is stated that Lieut. Adam Baker, who was in the Confederate service, left his command a short time since, and escaped to Fort Pickens.
Baker, who is a native of South Carolina, is quitBaker, who is a native of South Carolina, is quite well known in our city, where he lived when hostilities commenced, having had charge of a corps of marines at the Navy-Yard.
He resigned in April and subsequently went South.
His conduct, if the statement is true, is mysterious, and if the case is one of real desertion, his conduct is in a high degree traitorous and perfidious.