Saturday, February 4, 2012

A Private Rebel Letter

NEW YORK, May 28 – A special letter has been received from New Orleans from rebel sources pretending to give accounts of the defeat of Halleck.  Also that Butler robbed the Dutch Consulate of $800,000 deposited there by an agent of the bankers.  That Farragut and Benton were afraid to land at New Orleans on the account of the mob and other foolish statements were eagerly printed by the De Marina which refused to correct the statement, although proved to be false.

The last direct accounts of May 3d place with French forces twelve miles from Puebla, with 15,000 Mexicans ready to give battle.

Several vessels have sailed for Havana from New Orleans.  More are advertised.  Two Spanish steamers and a rebel schooner, with cotton have arrived.  The British steamer Edward Hawkins arrived with a cargo of cotton, from Matamoras and sailed for Liverpool

– Published in The Burlington Weekly Hawk-Eye, Burlington, Iowa, Saturday, May 31, 1862, p. 3

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