WASHINGTON, March 22. – It is asserted as the prevailing opinion that by this time the national flag floats over New Orleans, and that our mortar fleet would attack the rebel fort at the [Rigolets] within two days of the departure from Ship Island of the last steamer, which brought the intelligence north.
The Secretary of War has addressed a complimentary letter to Lieut. Morse, officers and men of the Cumberland for their valor in the recent engagement with the Merrimac.
– Published in The Burlington Weekly Hawk-Eye, Burlington, Iowa, Saturday, March 29, 1862, p. 4