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were steaming down the river. Every officer and man discharged their duties with coolness and determination, and it would be doing injustice to many if I should mention or particularize any. Capt. Drury and his men fought their guns with great effect. Casualties--Seven killed, among them Midshipman Carroll, and eight wounded. Very respectfully, your obedient servant, Eben Farrand, C. S. N., Commanding Post. The Capital of Louisiana. Our latest intelligence from Baton Rouge, La., is contained in the New Orleans Picayunes of May 1st. The Northern papers have claimed that the place was occupied by the Federals shortly after the capture of New Orleans, but the following furnishes ground for doubting the assertion: The passing of the Federal fleet above our forts was announced at the Capital on Thursday morning, and immediately thereupon preparations were made for the removal of the State archives, and for the destruction of cotton and sugar. The archives have
Benjamin Laughridge, a militia Colonel of Murrey county. Ga., has been fined $500 for running a whiskey still, in violation of the proclamation of Governor Brown. On the 28th ult. two officers and three men of the Federal fleet were killed at Baton Rouge, La., by our men. The enemy shelled the city without killing any one.
Bates House --When the Federals attempted to land troops at Baton Rouge, La., a week or two since, one hundred mounted men on shore attached their furiously, killing and wounding nearly all of them. The gunboats then commenced shelling the town, and had not cussed at last accounts.
The Yankees in Louisiana. --Not long since, a party of Federal officers and soldiers went ten miles east of Baton Rouge, La., to the plantation of Maj. Stephen Roberts, an old veteran of 1814, to devastate his place. As the Federals entered his house he shot one of their officers. His son, Josiah Roberts, was killed in the affair. The old veteran is now a prisoner in Baton Rouge, together with another one of his sons, Washington Roberts. The Federals destroyed everything on the place but a smoke-house and barn.
s waved in triumph over every inch of Confederate soil. The Major paid a merited compliment to Col. Dimmick, of the Federal army. In his intercourse with the latter he found him to be a gentleman and a Christian. Should the fortune of war ever place this officer in our power — should he fall into the hands of our soldiery — he would beg them to treat him kindly — to use him as became an honorable and liberal gentleman. The telegraph will have informed you of the evacuation of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, by the enemy, but no one is informed of the object of that sudden movement. It may be owing to the presence of a Confederate fleet below New Orleans, or to an apprehension, on the part of Butler, of a general rising of the population, unable any longer to endure the restrains of his vindictive rule. By the evacuation of Baton Rouge, and the departure of the Federal fleet from before Vicksburg, we have secured the control of the Mississippi for two hundred miles, enabling our army <
A heavy Loser. --Edmund McGence, Esq., about eighty years of age, residing near Baton Rouge, Louisiana, has been stripped of his immense property by the Yankees. He owned 3,200 slaves and twenty-seven cotton and sugar plantations, including a cotton factory, which was worked by 300 of his own hands. A railroad thirty-one miles long leading to his factory, had been constructed by himself, with a sufficient rolling stock.--All the negroes, except about one hundred, have been taken off by the Federals, his factory ruined, all his plantations desolated, his railroad torn up, and about 5,000 bags of cotton burnt by the orders of Mr. McGence to prevent its falling into the bands of the enemy. His loss in negroes and cotton alone is not less than $6,000,000.
omplacency of the new, or the coquettish graces played off by the false Poodah upon her new favorite. It is some satisfaction to know that this unprincipled destroyer of an honest elephant's peace afterward came to an ignominious end. Elephant-keepers killed. There have been four elephant-keepers killed by the animals under their charge in this country. A man by the name of Saunders was killed by pizarre, who was one of the most troublesome animals that has been here, near Baton Rouge, Louisiana, many years ago. Saunders was endeavoring to make the elephant ford a stream to get around a defective bridge, but the particulars of the occurrence will never be known. When the company came up to the scope of the tragedy, Pizarro was loose; the bodies of a horse and a camel were found lying by the roadside, while some of the fragments of the unfortunate keeper were found hanging from the boughs of a tree, thirty feet from the ground.--He was literally torn to pieces, and the eleph
ost extensive in the known world. The salt is of a pure crystal, and, unlike that obtained from the famous Cracow mines of Poland, requires no recoiling. During the early part of the late war it was one of the principal resources of supply to the South. The name of the island is "Petit Ance," and consists of a hill, at some points one hundred and sixty feet high, containing about two thousand two hundred and forty acres of land, surrounded by the waters of Bayou Vermillion, situated about nine miles from Vermillion bay, in the above-named parish. Although salt has been manufactured upon the island for many years, yet the discovery of the mines was not made until 1863. The deposit seems inexhaustible, and promises to be one of the greatest developments of the age. Although the production of salt in the United States in 1860 was nearly thirteen millions of bushels, yet the importations of this article from foreign ports were very large. Baton Rouge (Louisiana) Comet.
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