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The Daily Dispatch: October 31, 1861., [Electronic resource], The blockading fleet off New Orleans — News direct from the enemy. (search)
nce, and demanded to be sent ashore. Mr. Fernandez was likewise provided with the papers of a Spanish citizen, and they were both promised to be liberated, and in the meantime treated with great courtesy and consideration. They were informed that while the South Carolina had been on this station she had captured seventeen prizes from us, all small craft. On the 12th instant, the day of Commodore Hollins's attack on the enemy at the head of the passes, the steamers South Carolina and McClellan, which were then cruising off Barataria, were sent for to come to the assistance of the vessels in the Mississippi. They responded without loss of time to the call, and found the sloop-of-war Vincennes hard aground opposite the telegraph station. She threw overboard her entire armament, consisting of twenty heavy guns, before she could be pulled off. Dr. Lefebvre was told by the United States naval officers that neither the Richmond nor the Water Witch, the Vincennes nor the Preble
t of the retreat of Banks and Stone from Edward's Ferry: Gen. McClellan's headquarters were at Edwards's Ferry on Thursday morning. Since closing my dispatch yesterday Gens. McClellan and Banks returned from the Virginia side of the Potomac, and at about ten o'clock rode withx Court-House. Our force was again prepared to receive them. Gens. McClellan and Bank, who had just arrived, took up a position on the highthe country. Our batteries were ranged along the hill, and Gen. McClellan on foot, with a large marine glass, watched the whole field. E it seems, was filled to overflowing with admiration upon reading McClellan's late speech to old Abe's minions at Alexandria, bethought herseWe have had our last retreat, We have had our last retreat, --McClellan's marching on, Glory, Halle, Hallelujah, &c. We have seen o We have seen our last defeat, We have seen our last defeat, McClellan's marching on. Glory, Ralle, Hallelujah,&c. You stand by me
r and in front simultaneously, whatever force may be stationed at Mathias Point; next the batteries at Aquia Creek; and ultimately the batteries at Evansport. The Sickles Brigade are reported as part of this force, It is stated that Gen. McClellan has said the batteries at Evansport must be taken without regard to the cost. These are the main features which Madam Rumor bears to us this morning from the Potomac. Several facts, or at least that which we believe to be true, may been sent off from Washington intended for operations somewhere; that the fight at Leesburg was evidently with the view of drawing a large Confederate force to that quarter, thus weakening the defences of the Lower Potomac; and besides, that Gen. McClellan prides himself on his strategic ability. The Live Yankee and Freeborn again on the Potomac. The Fredericksburg Recorder, of yesterday, has the following: The river remained clear up to Friday last when several men-of-war retu
The battle of Leesburg--McClellan's Plans. The falsity of the Federal official statement of as the strength of Baker's force in the battle of the 21st, is fully exposed by the Baltimore South, which proves conclusively that it could not have the Administration to diminish the total 627 are intended to delude the people.--It is farther stated, positively, that McClellan authorized the crossing of the river, and that it was a part of his general plan; but that its success is attributed tll to en-operate, though he may have teen threatened by a flank movement from Fairfax, which compelled him to retreat-- McClellan, it is said, will not abandon his pet project of capturing Leesburg, and rushing from there into the Valley of Virginiad not commit them? We have many rumors to which I must not tongue. But I may say that the general report is that McClellan was not apprised of the intended movement at Edward's Ferry, or at least that its character was not communicated to him
y the directors. It is said there are but one hundred miles out of use, which distance can be easily put in repair, and if guarded would be of immense service to the Government in removing stores and troops, and would transport the mass of produce now expected by shippers on the seaboard to meet foreign demands. Holding this railroad is doing more injury to the Government of A. Lincoln than anything we have done in this vicinity. The story that this was a part of a general ad- vance by McClellan I cannot believe, especially when I remember that he has not yet driven our ` pickets from Fairfax, although the army is seven miles from there. Still the general opinion seems to be that he will advance soon. A strange error occurred on our side the day after the battle for which some one is responsible. Two thousand of the enemy crossed the river to endeavor to retrieve the fortunes of the grand army by attacking at another point. Finding the battle over and disastrous to their s