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The Daily Dispatch: August 15, 1861., [Electronic resource], The American war and European Mediation (search)
From Norfolk.[special correspondence of the Dispatch.] Norfolk Aug. 14th, 1861. The privateer York, of our city, while engaged in the capture of a prize near Hatteras was pursued by a Federal steamer and was cancelled to the sh, where she was set on fire. The cargo of the prize was coffee, when was secured. Lieutenant Abbot and five seamen of the U. S. steamer South Carolina were taken prisoners and reached our bay yesterday afternoon. The name of the prize schooner was "George Baker." The three officers of the York came up with the prisoners. We had the pleasure of meeting with a gentleman from B elk river yesterday, who furnished us additional accounts of the outrages committed by the Lincoln vandals in Hampton. He states the previous to the evacuation of that town by the Federals, they went to houses, and with axes broke the most costly and handsome furniture including fine which had been left by peaceful citizens in their late escape from the town. Chairs and
he gunboat "Union," who immediately gave chase, and the privateers in order to escape beached their vessel, where she was burnt by the fire from the Union's guns. The privateer crew escaped by their small boats. "The "Union" then recaptured the "Baker," and made prisoners of her crew, and transferred them to-day to the Quaker City. The U. S. prize crew placed in charge of the "Baker" were of course made prisoners, and are still in the hands of the Confederates. Gen. Crosby's second expedBaker" were of course made prisoners, and are still in the hands of the Confederates. Gen. Crosby's second expedition to the Eastern Shore of Virginia has not yet been heard from. The expedition sailed four days since with an effective force. No apprehensions are entertained in regard to its safety. A flag of truce came down this morning from Norfolk to make inquiries concerning several Confederate officers whom the Confederates supposed to be imprisoned here; among others Col. Pegram. It is reported that one of General Magruder's captains penetrated within our lines of pickets at Newport New