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of the situation of affairse on the coast; yet some additional information, which we get from the Savannah Republican, cerived from a passenger who had been at Fernandina, will be read with interest. He learned from a gentleman who reached Jackson ville a short time before he left, and who effected his escape from Fernandina by Fernandina by wading through the marsh, and swimming over to the main, the following items: Immediately after the lauding of the Federals, they went to work pillinging the houses of those who had deserted them and fled. Those who remained they did not disturb, many of whom professed to be Unionists, among them this informant. By pretending toaces. While our troops were withdrawing from the island, and were preparing to remove their guns, information was communicated to the blockading vessels at Fernandina by a fisherman, when one of the steamers immediately started for Warsaw, and soon after the fleet arrived and entered the harbor. The guns were mostly dismount
ar that need explanation, that Congress will have a great deal to do if it undertakes to investigate them. The disasters of Hatteras, Fort Henry, Roanoke Island, and Fort Donelson, are all fit subjects for rigid scrutiny. And we have just had Fernandina and Newbern added. Here we have nothing but disaster, and the public mind has settled down to the conviction that, with proper forecaste and precaution every one of these sad and mortifying reverses could have been averted. They present a catroperly and fatally located and engineered; men isolated on indefensible positions, and in one case an alleged impregnable series of fortifications abandend to the enemy. Capt. Dupont, the Federal commander, considered the fortifications below Fernandina very powerful — sufficient to have defended the place against an immense forse. They were reported by judges on our side to be very strong, and predictions were made that the enemy, unless he brought an immense feet of frigates and gunboats to
Fernandina. The public have felt some interest in further intelligencs from this Florida town. The last heard from it was through a flurried telegraph, which represented that two thousand Confederates there were about to bag three thousand Federals ! Such an achievement would compensate for the abandonment of the fortifications below the town. But the telegrapher has not yet finished the job ! Can't he hurry it up !
The fortifications near Fernandina, so much complimented by the Federal commander, were designed and superintended by Lieutenant Webb, of the Navy, recently appointed Captain in the Confederate Navy for gallant conduct in the late fight led by the Virginia. These defensive works had received very high commendation from some of the best officers of our army.