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gives the following description of the launch of the floating battery at Charleston: If I had asked any attache of the press in Charleston if he thought Lieut. Hamilton's iron-plated floating battery would be launched this morning, from Mr. Marsh's ship-yard, he very likely would have told me that he "really did not know; it g the ways, or doing anything stirring this morning, to hurry and tell me; so at 7 A. M, he rushed into my room and informed me that everything was ready, and Lieut. Hamilton would give the word in a few minutes. Arrived at Palmetto wharf, I saw a small crowd gathering, which each moment increased, as the news spread through the tl into the water with a strong list to starboard, as the sailors phrase it, drawing on the gun-side full seven feet, while on the other, not more than four! Lieutenant Hamilton is an ambitious man, and first brought himself into Palmetto notice by his extraordinary appeal to his ex-brothers of the American Navy, to tear down the St
The Daily Dispatch: March 14, 1861., [Electronic resource], The interior of the Floating Batter. (search)
The interior of the Floating Batter. --A New York merchant, who, while in Charleston, was shown through the Floating Battery, furnishes the Times with the following description of its interior: Accompanied by one of the Governor's Aids and met by Lieut. Hamilton at the entrance, we crawled through the gun holes, and stepped on the main deck. The first impression is that of immense solidity. The outer or gun side is covered with six plates of iron--two of them of the T railroad pattern, placed horizontally, and the other four bolted one over the other, in the strongest manner, and running vertically. The wall of the gun side is full four feet thick, constructed of that peculiar Palmetto wood, so full of fibrous material that 64-pounders cannot pierce them. The main deck is wide and roomy. In nineteen open chambers, on the port side of the deck, we found a profusion of shot--34-pounders, while just beyond them is an immense pile of sand-bags, which protect an overhanging
h their full armament on board they will draw thirty- six inches of water, thus presenting but a very narrow target to the enemy. "The plan of these boats, as a cheap substitute for a Southern navy, is due to Commander Hartstein, and they are to be completed for $3,200 each — the armaments to be furnished by the Richmond foundry. Twenty of these scows are to be delivered on or before the 31st of next July, and the balance by the end of October. Three of them are now in progress, to be called respectively the South Carolina, Mississippi and Georgia, and Mr. Boole is confident that he can easily complete his contract within the time specified. There were two ship-builders in this city amongst the bidders, the bid of one being $3,750 for each scow, and that of the other $4,200. Commander Hartstein believes that these vessels, almost wholly submerged in the water, will prove of more use and receive far less damage than Lieut. Hamilton's costly and dangerous iron-plated battery."
llustrious names in Virginia history are recorded in the negative: such as Patrick Henry, George Mason, Monroe, Tyler, and others — men who, with all their desire for the Union, distrusted the instrument which was to form its organic law. No sooner was the Government organized, than the struggle at once began between the Virginians, under the lead of Jefferson, contending for a strict construction of the instrument, and the Massachusetts and New York politicians, under the lead of Alams and Hamilton, who endeavored to derive from it unlimited powers, or else to ignore it altogether. For a time, the battle seemed to go against the Virginians; and when the elder Adams was elected to the Presidency, he at once began to exercise, with the aid of Congress, the most alarming powers. It was then that Virginia came forward, not merely through her brilliant statesmen, but in her sovereign person, to protest against the stretches of Executive power which were threatening the liberties of the p
From Texas. Galveston, March 26. --The Convention elected Ford Colonel, and Bavlor Lieutenant Colonel, of the regiment of Rangers, to serve 12 months on the frontiers. On the 21st Messrs. Houston and Hamilton delivered speeches at Austin, denouncing the Convention, &c. On the 23d the Convention, in Committee of the Whole, adopted the Confederate Constitution almost unanimously. On engrossing, the vote was also nearly unanimous.
he presentation of a Confederate State flag to his company, spoke in handsome and hopeful terms of the Southern movement, claiming for it a bloodless success, unparalleled in the history of revolutions. One of the many falsehoods now going the rounds to the prejudice of the South, is that Sam. Houston refuses to surrender his office to his successor, Gov. Clarke. Ex-Governor Houston did, it is true, enter his protest against the action of the Convention, and subsequently, in company of Hamilton, ex-Congressman, harangued the people of Austria with the view of exciting their sympathies in his own behalf, but to no purpose. He is now powerless for good or for evil. So far from essaying to exercise the functions of his late office, he recently admitted the fact of deposition by applying to Gov. Clarke for the pardon of a criminal confined in the State Prison. I mention this because his name is so often quoted by the submissionists as one of the leading men of influence engaged in
rs, reaching that city via Norfolk Road. Gen. Borham's headquarters will be established in Richmond. The troops belong to the 1st Regiment of South Carolina volunteers, and were the first to step to the front when their State resumed her sovereignty. If they have an opportunity, they will soon settle the vexed question whether we have a Government or not at Washington. The troops, on their arrival, were quartered at the capacious edifice just erected by the city, at the North end of Second street, which is capable of accommodating them in good style. The following is a list of Commanding and Staff officers: Brigadier-General--M. L. Bonham. Staff of Gov. of S. C.--Col. M. A. Moore. Col. J. Calhoun. Brigadier-General's Staff--Maj. Morague. Maj. Lipscomb, Maj. Nelson, Maj. Aldrich. Dr. Gaston, Dr. Maddux, Dr. Hammond, S. W. Milton, Esq. Of the Regiment--Col. Maxcy Gregg, Lieut. Col. Hamilton, Maj Smirk, Adjt. Ferguson Quartermaster McGowan. Commissary Kennedy.
The first copper Cent. --Speaking of the first copper cent come after the adoption of the Constitution, Mr. Prime relates the following anecdote: "The first cent was come in 1793, when Alexander. Hamilton was Secretary of the Treasury. It did not give universal satisfaction, and the following criticism appeared in the Argus — a Boston paper — of March 26, 1793. 'The chain on the reverse is a bad omen for liberty, and Liberty herself seems to be in a fright. May she not justly cry out, in the words of the Apostle — Alexander, the coppersmith, has done me much harm; the Lord reward him according to his work
nians was largely mixed for the purpose of poisoning the garrison." The Independent man is not posted. The last lot sent was of prime quality, from the Commissary stores of Fort Moultrie. It was sent in about twenty Dahlgren shells by Capt. Hamilton. What the garrison objected to was the method of transportation, not the sample. To explain this, it may be well to state that, when a shell is to be used in place of solid shot, and not intended to burst, it is sometimes filled with riansportation, not the sample. To explain this, it may be well to state that, when a shell is to be used in place of solid shot, and not intended to burst, it is sometimes filled with rice — that grain being of about the weight of gunpowder, the ordinary charge of the shell. Captain Hamilton wished to fire some in this manner, and they were accordingly filled with one of the staples of Carolina. Although not mixed with poison, doubtless the garrison objected to them. Charleston Mercury.
uppose few Americans will fail to receive with almost personal sympathy the announcement that the Duke of Newcastle is about to marry our Princess Mary of Cambridge. The Princess is a comely and singularly buxom young lady. She is like her sister, the Princess Augusta, who married the hereditary Grand Duke of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, only the younger daughter is more lively, looks cleverer, and is decidedly falter. The Duke of Newcastle has been married before to the daughter of the Duke of Hamilton, but the marriage was dissolved at his suit, as I dare say your readers will remember. Nor need I tell you how much he is esteemed in private life, as well as in political society, as one of the most amiable as well as conscientious men. The Queen's consent is a mark at once of her not thoroughly sharing the spirit of George the Third's marriage act, and of her esteem for the Duke, the guardian of the Prince of Wales during his visit to you. The Princess Mary is the youngest daughter of th
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