Friday, August 12, 2011

Pensacola Evacuated

NEW YORK, March 12.

An Elizabeth City, N. C., letter dated March 4th, to the Tribune, says, Gen. Bragg with his forces, numbering 7000, arrived at Norfolk yesterday from Pensacola, which place he evacuated after destroying the fortifications, guns, &c.  It is also said that the rebels are calling all their spare forces to Norfolk, that they may be ready for any emergency.

The forces at Newberne and other points in this State, numbering 20 or 30,000 drilled soldiers, together with the rebel force at Richmond and at other points between Richmond and Norfolk will, it is thought, be thrown in the rear of the Union forces attacking Norfolk from this direction; therefore the last grand battle of this campaign may be fought in this struggle to save Norfolk, should that city be attacked.

– Published in The Davenport Daily Gazette, Davenport, Iowa, Thursday Morning, March 13, 1862, p. 1

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