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The Daily Dispatch: January 3, 1865., [Electronic resource] 14 0 Browse Search
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whose magnitude must be at once acknowledged. The naval and military expedition against Wilmington, under command of Admiral Porter and General Butler, has failed to accomplish its work. It has returned to Fortress Monroe after an absence of two weprecisely as Farragut recently seized those of Mobile. We are enabled to give to-day both the official report of Admind Porter and a statement of General Butler, as well as a special report of our own correspondent with the fleet. Every one wia day. Hardly anything seems to have worked well, from the initiation of the movement to its unfortunate close. Admiral Porter's order to the fleet opens with the words: "It is first proposed to endeavor to paralyze the garrison by an explosionhe bombardment of the fort by the fleet was of the most imposing, skillful, and courageous character: but the estimate of Porter and that of Butler differ greatly as to its effects. Then came the extraordinary bursting of no less than six one hundre
dvance closely following Hood, who is believed to be trying to cross the Tennessee river. Generals Granger and Steadman are on his right flank, and the gunboats are shelling his pontoons, which he has, as yet, been unable to cross upon. The Wilmington disaster. The Tribune lays the Wilmington disaster on the navy. The commercial puts it on Butler, and says: It remains for the proper authorities to decide as to which of the two was in error. Meanwhile, we are assured that Admiral Porter, who has never known what it was to fail when acting separately, will continue operations against the Wilmington fortifications. It having now been demonstrated that an infantry force can land in the rear of Fort Fisher, we trust that an army of forty thousand troops, if necessary, will be dispatched to that point to complete the work begun. General Butler assigns as a reason for not commencing a siege that he had received no instructions to do so. Let some one now be sent, with plenty
news yesterday, except such as is to be gleaned from the Northern papers. The Petersburg and Richmond lines were, as usual of late, quiet. Forty Yankee prisoners, captured in a skirmish on Mahone's front, at Petersburg, on Saturday night, were brought over to the city last evening, and along with them a dozen or more Yankee deserters. From the Yankee papers it will be seen there is a great controversy amongst them as to who is to blame for the recent disgraceful failure of the Butler-Porter expedition. The Herald, Times and Philadelphia Inquirer attempt to make Old Butler the scapegoat; but the Tribune takes up for Butler manfully, and throws the blame of the failure upon the navy. It matters little to us how this question is settled, but we hope the quarrel may be long and heated. Our people know that, under Providence, the successful repulse of the grand armada was duel to the skill of generals and the splendid courage of our troops. We have nothing from Savannah but
Servants Wanted. --An intelligent, active, honest Porter, a Cook, Washer and Ironer, without encumbrance. -- William H. Fowle, Sons & Co. ja 2--3t