moved westward along the Gulf.
Before the 1st of May, seven steamers of considerable size had been chartered in New York and Philadelphia.
One of these, the Keystone State, chartered by Lieutenant Woodhull, and intended especially for use at Norfolk, was at her station in Hampton Roads in forty-eight hours after Woodhull had received his orders in Washington to secure a vessel.
The screw-steamer South Carolina, of eleven hundred and sixty-five tons, purchased in Boston on May 3, arrived ofasses throughout the war, partly in consequence of the want of troops to hold the occupied points.
Curiously enough, too, these centres of occupation became in a small way centres of blockade-running—Nassaus and Bermudas on a diminutive scale.
Norfolk, Beaufort in North Carolina, Hilton Head with its sutler's shops, Pensacola, and New Orleans each carried on a trade, prosperous as far as it went, with the surrounding coast.
At New Orleans, the blockade of Lake Ponchartrain was kept up long a