Thursday, December 24, 2009

Apalachicola Occupied - - Beauregard Calls loudly for Reinforcements.

A Yankee Trick.

NEW YORK, April 21. – The city of Apalachicola has been successfully occupied by our troops thus giving us another important point in Florida. The capture was effected by the gunboats Mercida [sic] and Sagamore, with little opposition, on the 3d inst. A few shells dispersed the rebels and the resident portion of the population were found in an almost starving condition. The blockade had effectually cut off supplies on the seaboard and their resources from inland were not sufficient to maintain the ordinary comforts of life. Under these circumstances it is not to be wondered at that the people should proclaim loyalty to the Union.

The Herald has the following letter. The latest information from the South is of the utmost importance. Beauregard’s army has been terribly diminished, and according to his own account he has now only 35,000 men. The following telegram has been intercepted by Gen. Mitchell and is a full confession of the hopelessness of the rebel cause in the west.

CORINTH, April 9.

To Gen. Sam’l Cooper, Richmond, Va.:

All present probabilities are that whenever the enemy attack this position he will do so with an overwhelming force of not less than 85,000 men. We can now muster only about 35,000 effective men. Van Dorn may possibly join us in a few days with about 15,000 more. Can we be reinforced from Pemberton’s army? If defeated here we loose the Mississippi Valley and probably our cause, whereas we could even afford to loose for a while Charleston and Savannah for the purpose of defeating Buell’s army, which would not only insure us the Valley of the Mississippi but our independence.

– Published in The Burlington Weekly Hawk-Eye, Burlington, Iowa, Saturday, April 26, 1862, p. 4

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