Tuesday, May 25, 2010

From Fort Monroe


Dispatches through rebel sources state that the fight is still progressing at Roanoke Island.

Some of the rebel gun boats had been sunk.

FORT MONROE, February 9.

A flag of truce brought the news that the engagement at Roanoke Island still continued at the date of the last dispatch. At dark last night the fight was still going on. The federals had sunk one or two rebel gun-boats. Some later news had been received at Norfolk, but it was not communicated.

Southern papers received are of no later date than yesterday.

The New Orleans Bulletin of the 28th of January, says that the reported burning of the steamer Calhoun, was incorrect. When she was abandoned her Captain set her on fire, but it appears the Yankees shortly after boarded her, extinguished the fire, and took possession of boat and cargo, which consisted of 5,000 lbs. of powder, 10,000 lbs. of saltpetre, and a quantity of block tin, &c.

Speaking of the capture of Fort Henry, the Richmond Dispatch says:

Though it is much to be regretted by the South, it was a foregone conclusion whenever the enemy should think proper to bring a large force of men and artillery to bear upon it. It was a structure thrown up since the beginning of the war, and was never expected to resist a heavy bombardment or assault from a large force. It also says the destruction of the bridge which crossed the Tennessee river, through productive of some inconvenience, is not a matter of any great detriment to our interests. The road, without the bridge, will still be available for strengthening our lines, through connection, except for mere convenience, being a matter of inferior importance.

– Published in The Davenport Daily Gazette, Davenport, Iowa, Tuesday Morning, February 11, 1862, p. 1

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