The Constitution which sailed yesterday, A. M., for Ship Island spoke the gun boat Maine about 40 miles north of Hatteras last night, in a sinking condition, and unable to make steam enough to carry her into port. The Constitution arrived here this P. M., with her in tow.
The rebel fleet in Elizabeth river has been moving about considerable all day.
This A. M. heaving firing was going on at Sewall’s Point, and this P. M. a tug was seen steaming around, and at one time towing something supposed to be a floating battery.
– Published in The Dubuque Herald, Dubuque, Iowa, Friday Morning, February 7, 1862, p. 1