BALTIMORE, April 2.
The following intelligence is from the special correspondent at Fort Monroe of the Baltimore American: The number of rebels in Fort Pulaski, as reported by deserters, is 500. Two German companies there had revolted and were in irons. Sherman’s mortars and siege guns were so stationed that the guns of the fort could not reach them. The rebels have withdrawn all their troops from the coast, and abandoned their earth works, previously removing all their cannon to Savannah. The city of Savannah, however is understood to be very strongly fortified, and all the approaches to it. The forces there is variously estimated by refugees at 20,000 to 50,000; probably 20,000 is more nearly correct.
Great despondency existed among the troops and people at Charleston, the fall of Newberne created the greatest consternation. The fire-eaters ridiculed the North Carolina troops, charging them with cowardice. The shopkeepers and bankers in Charleston had also refused to receive North Carolina money, and there being two N. C. regiments there at the time, a revolt was the consequence, and the shops were broken open and the troops helped themselves.
Three regiments refused to serve any longer, and were allowed to return home.
No direct information of the abandonment of Pensacola by the rebels has yet been received; but it was generally believed that our troops had crossed over from Santa Rosa Island and approached the place.
The latest advices received from Norfolk by the underground RR., leave no room to doubt that the Merrimac was thoroughly repaired, and in commission and ready for another expedition against the wooden walls of the Federal navy and river transports lying in the roads.
The delay of the Merrimac in coming out is belived to be that she is waiting for ammunition for the heavy guns that have been placed on board of her, and also for some infernal machies that are being constructed by Bobbust and Mallory.
The rebel steamers Jamestown and Yorktown were also getting strengthened and more thoroughly clad with iron, to accompany the Merrimac.
There is also a rumor that two other steamers are being clad with iron at Richmond, to join in the expedition.
As to the loss of life on the Merrimac, in her conflict with the Monitor, we have now what is claimed to be positive information.
One of the recently arrived contrabands states that he was a nurse in the general hospital at Norfolk and that until the time of his departure he had helped to shroud 32 of the crew of the Merrimac, and that both commander Buchanan and Lt. Mayer were dead. There were still a number of wounded surviving. The contraband also states that two shots of the Monitor were represented to be the only ones that seriously injured the Merrimac. Shots were thrown under her shield at the moment she attempted to run the Monitor down.
The military from the Gulf States, stationed at Norfolk, have been very severe on the chivalry ever since their defeat at Roanoke Island. Even the Richmond Blues, the very pinks of chivalry, have fallen in public estimation. All award bravery to O. Jennings Wise, but his father has so fallen in the public estimation, that he is proclaimed, in Norfolk, a coward and poltroon. In his escape from Nags Head, he rode thirty miles on horse back, notwithstanding he had previously reported himself too ill to remain at Roanoke Island, at the head of his command. Wise and Floyd now rank as fleet-footed. My informant says that Wise would be hooted, if he were to appear in the streets of Norfolk or Richmond. He has retired to his farm in Princess Ann county.
– Published in The Davenport Daily Gazette, Davenport, Iowa, Friday Morning, April 4, 1862, p. 1