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The Daily Dispatch: April 3, 1863., [Electronic resource], The burning of the Confederate steamer Natchez. (search)
Natchez, one of the finest steamers in the Confederacy, was ordered by Commander I. N. Brown to be fitted up with cotton for the defence of the Yazoo river and to meet the enemy at Greenwood. After having received a thousand bales of cotton at Yazoo City, and a full supply of wood, she left the wharf on Friday evening. She took on about three hundred bales above and proceeded on her way tot he point of conflict, all in high spirits, and hoping a great deal from her eminent power. We had reached a point on the Yazoo river, between Castleman's and Barton's, about eighty miles above Yazoo City, when the cotton was discovered to be on fire, one bale alone showing fire or smoke. Immediately the boat was ordered to be stopped, and the alarm of fire was given; but in one minute the whole tier of cotton was on fire, and spread so rapidly that all hope of extinguishing it was lost. In the meantime the bow had struck the left shore, and some jumped off, the pilot, Captain Sebray, then ra