A Trip of the iron clad Raleigh.
--The iron clad Raleigh
ran out of Wilmington, N. C.
, the other night, but did not succeed in bagging any of the blockaders.
The Wilmington Journal
has the following account of the adventure:
Last evening the iron-clad Raleigh
, Lieutenant Pembroke Jones
commanding, bearing the broad pennant of flag officer Lynch
, steamed out of New Inlet
in quest of the enemy.
Not long after leaving the bar the Raleigh
met a blockader cruising about, and gave her a 7 inch shot crashing through her sides.
The Federal vessel being unused to such an encounter immediately left, making signals to the fleet.
The iron-clad continued her cruise until after midnight, when an unsuspecting blockader, taking her for a blockade runner, fired a shot and ran down to pick up a prize; but instead of receiving the surrender of an unarmed Anglo rebel, Jonathan was complimented by a bill that was more surprising than agreeable.
Thinking, in his wonder, that he had been fired on by one of the squadron through mistake, the blockader displayed the usual signal of a bright blue light, when the Raleigh
being very near, sent a rifle shell whistling through her bulwarks.
The Yankee "doused his glim" with unexampled alacrity.
Very soon the red
signals of the enemy were seen flashing in different directions, giving the alarm to each other.
Nothing more was seen or heard during the night and we who awaited the result on the ramparts of Fort Fisher
were relieved when the dawn commenced to roll the curtain from the scene.
Daylight first disclosed the small steamers Yadkin
about two miles from shore awaiting the orders of the Raleigh
, which they accompanied over the bar. Soon the horizon was clear and we discovered the iron-clad eight miles to sea, in quiet possession of the blockading anchorage.
Soon after the blockaders that had run off to sea appeared in the horizon, and the little black dots developed themselves into gunboats.
First came two well into view, and one approaching within range of the Raleigh
was greeted by a shot; a long taw engagement now commenced, in which the second blockader joined but the enemy were soon sufficiently amused and ran off, giving the Flag Officer
a wide berth.
Six sail now appeared, but only one had the temerity to exchange shots with the iron clad, and she soon decamped beyond range.
About six o'clock eight blockaders came in sight, but notwithstanding the Raleigh
steamed defiantly around their anchorage, eight miles from the guns of Fort Fisher
, not one dared to take up the gauntlet.
At 7 o'clock the Flag Officer
, wishing to save the tide on the bar, signalled for his steamers and turned the Raleigh
's prow to shore.
The little trio formed in line some five miles out and steamed slowly in, the Confederate
flag waving saucily above their decks.
The fort greeted the Raleigh
with a salute as she passed in.
What damage the iron clad did to the two vessels she struck is not known.
She was no struck.