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erlandJohn Marston24 Sloop-of-war St. LouisC. H. Poor20 Steam sloop BrooklynW. S. Walker25 Steam sloop Mississippi11 Steam sloop PowhatanS. Mercer11 Steam sloop PawneeS. C. Rowan4 Steam sloop PocahontasS. F. Hazard5 Steam sloop Wyandot5 Steam sloop MohawkLieut. Strong5 Steam sloop CrusaderLieut. Craven8 Brin Perry8 Brig Dolphin4 Cutter Harrict LaneJohn Faunce5 Steamer Water Witch3 Total346 The Powhatan is a first class wheel steamer of 2,415 tons burthen, and was built at Gosport in 1850. She carries 11 guns and about 300 officers and men. Her service list includes two general cruises and one special cruise. She returned from China last summer, and was about to be put in ordinary when she was ordered suddenly to the Gulf of Mexico, and had nearly been stripped at Brooklyn on Monday when the instructions to get her ready for sea came from Washington. She is the only steam frigate ever converted from the "lying up" condition into the commision state in the spac
Things at Norfolk. Desertion of the Crew of the Cumberland — Destruction of Arms — Burning of the Navy Yard, &c. Norfolk, April 20--I have just come from Portsmouth. It is believed the crew of the United States frigate Cumberland have mutinied. One of them was in my room at the Atlantic Hotel last night. He had left the ship. The small arms at the Navy-Yard are being broken up by the U. S. forces. A. [second Dispatch.] Norfolk,Va., April 20 --The Navy-Yard at Gosport was burnt last night by the Republican troops therein, and they retired then to Fort Monroe. A dispatch from Norfolk says the Navy-Yard was fired by the Federal troops before they left, but not much injured. A large quantity of cannon, &c., were save
h across the Germantown, then at the wharf. As soon as the Pawnee came up and anchored, the hounds of the pirate Lincoln went ashore and commenced their outrages. The sound of sledge-hammers was heard at Portsmouth, beating away upon metal, (the guns in the yard, it is supposed,) attempting to render them useless by breaking off the trunions. At or near midnight, or after the alarm of fire was heard, the Marine Barracks were discovered to be fired. The whole front of the yard, facing Gosport, on each side of the Main entrance or gateway, has been consumed. The Pennsylvania was fired, and presented a spectacle of grandeur seldom witnessed. The Merrimac, Germantown, and all the vessels, except the frigate United States, were destroyed. The two large ship-houses were consumed to ashes, with their entire contents. The U. States has been subsequently towed down in the bite of Craney Island, but has since been towed off the Hospital. At about half past 4 on Sunday morning, t
Establishing a Navy. --Our glorious old State is to have a Navy, as per ordinance adopted on Saturday by the Convention of Virginia. It is to have an effective force of 2,000 men. Under ordinary circumstances the establishing of a Navy would involve a heavy expenditure of money — but a few days ago Uncle Sam died, and left a valuable estate to Virginia, near Gosport, in the shape of the best Navy-Yard in the world, already fitted with a good many of the articles necessary to commence with.--'Tis true that some of the executors of Uncle Sam endeavored by fraud and violence to waste his legacy, but they only succeeded in demonstrating their impotent malice against his legatee.
Munitions of War. We are gratified to learn from the Richmond Enquirer, that Virginia is to-day better provided with all the necessaries of a great campaign than any State North of Mason and Dixon's line — if she is not equally as well supplied as the Federal Government itself. The Navy-Yard at Gosport, the Magazine at Norfolk, the Arsenal at Harper's Ferry, added largely to the supply, which has been removed from those points and distributed among the soldiery; but the action taken by many of the counties, without the knowledge of the authorities at Richmond, in purchasing arms and munitions of war for the companies within the county limits, has supplied, to a very great extent, the hundred thousand men which, within a few days, will be ready to defend the soil of Virginia from Federal invasion. The Enquirer adds-- "That Gen. Lee can at any moment leave Richmond at the head of 20,000 men now here and in the counties between this and Alexandria. General Gwynn. at No
The Gosport guns. The Cincinnati Commercial says: "It cannot be possible that the Government is overlooking the immense importance of the possession of the artillery in Gosport Navy-Yard by Virginians. The thousands of splendid guns left there are now being distributed over the South as fast as the railroads can carry them. If the Navy-Yard is not immediately possessed, the banks of the Mississippi will bristle with the great guns, of which there were hundreds at Gosport." WGosport." We agree with our contemporary of the Petersburg Express, that the Government has not overlooked the importance of seizing the Navy Yard; but its vigilance comes too late. After wantonly burning the public property, and committing the ferocious act of endeavoring to blow up a yard which they had abandoned without a contest, and which others were about to enter, the officers of the United States have been anxious ever since to complete their work of ruin, and to carry off or destroy the remainin
so safe and advantageous for England to pick a quarrel with the Government of the United States, that we shall not be surprised to find. Her Majesty's Government assuming a position with regard to this civil broil which may easily lead to war. That they will allow the cotton supply to be cut off by the blockade of the Southern ports, is hardly to be expected. Doubtful questions of right are easily and promptly settled when there is no doubt about the question of force. The burning of Gosport dockyard has, for the moment, placed the United States Navy at England's mercy; and if, on this occasion, England is found to spare a rival and foe, we must be nearer to the Millennia than is popularly supposed. The decisions announced to the House of Commons by Lord J. Russell point strongly in the direction of a rupture between England and the United States. Lord John declared that the British Government would not recognize the blockade proclaimed of the Southern ports unless it were mad
Naval Movement. Boston, Dec. 26. --This morning 300 men left the Navy-Yard, on a special train, for the Macedonian at Gosport.
promptest and most thorough retaliation. We have prisoners as well as the enemy, and precisely the same measure that they mete out to our men shall we mete out to theirs. Hitherto, under circumstances of the gravest provocation and wrong, the course of our authorities has been distinguished by leniency and humanity. Wright and Rodgers, the two Federal officers who were arrested after attempting to produce an explosion at the Navy-Yard, which might have destroyed the lives of everybody in Gosport, were discharged without even their parole. Harney, captured at Harper's Ferry, was also humanely set at liberty, and showed his appreciation of the act by seeking to crush the liberties of Missouri beneath a bloody military despotism. Other prisoners have been released upon parole, and no departure from the rules of civilized warfare has occurred in a single instance in the treatment of prisoners or in any other part of the conduct of this war. On the contrary, the enemy themselves admit
mitted the ordinance for ratification to vote of the people, to be taken on a day then somewhat more than a month distant, the Convention and the Legislature, which was also in session at the same time and place, with leading men of the State not members of either, immediately commenced acting as if the State were already out of the Union. They pused military preparations vigorously forward all over the State; they seized the United States armory at Harper's Ferry, and the Navy-Yard at Gosport, near Norfolk; they received, perhaps invited, into their State large bodies of troops, with their warlike appointments from the so-called seceded States. They formally entered into a treaty of temporary alliance and co-operation with the so-called Confederate States, and sent members to their Congress at Montgomery; and, finally, they permitted the insurrectionary Government to be transferred to their Capital at Richmond. The people of Virginia have thus allowed this great insurrecti
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