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The Daily Dispatch: may 21, 1861., [Electronic resource] 2 0 Browse Search
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ave carried the ship into Smithville. The supply of food on board is said to have been immense, the ship drawing twenty-one feet of water when taken, and she is said to be a large and fine vessel. P. S.--A dispatch which we receive just as we go to press, informs us that the vessel in question is the Thomas Watson. The following is from a Florida paper: The citizens of St. Augustine, hearing of five vessels at New Smyrna, loading with live oak for the Federal Government, immediately formed a company of thirty men, and under command of Lieut. J. Buffington, proceeded to that point on horseback, while another party started in boats, for the purpose of making prizes of them. Before they reached Smyrna the vessels had left. The volunteers succeeded in capturing the steam tow-boat George M. Bird, and securing about $20,000 worth of live oak. The George M. Bird, on being brought to St. Augustine, on Monday last, was saluted by Lieut. Hopkins, in command of Fort Marion.