FT. MONROE, April 29.
A flag of truce from Norfolk to-day brought down the wife and family of Parson Brownlow, and also the wife of Congressman Maynard. The party, consisting of four ladies, two gents and six children, are all from Tennessee. They bring the report that all the Union families of Tennessee have been ordered by proclamation to leave within 36 hours. 1,800 Union men left for Kentucky a week ago Friday. Of a party of four hundred attempting to leave, one hundred had been killed.
There can be no doubt of the capture of New Orleans. The Southern newspapers speak of it in the most dismal strain, and demand that the mystery of the surrender of the city shall be explained.
The Norfolk Day Book, in an editorial, says: “It is by far the most serious reverse of the war. It suggests future privations to all classes of society; but most to be lamented of all, it threatens our army supplies.” The raising of meat, and corn and wheat, instead of cotton and tobacco, is earnestly recommended by the disconsolate editor.
The Richmond Dispatch of yesterday, says when the enemy’s fleet arrived opposite the city and demanded its surrender, Gen. Lovell refused, and fell back to Camp Moore, after destroying all the cotton and stores.
The iron-clad vessel Mississippi was burnt to prevent falling into the hands of the enemy. Nothing is said about the Louisiana, but it is supposed that she was scuttled. – It is rumored that she was sunk at first fire.
Camp Moore is 78 miles for New Orleans, on the Jackson Railroad.
The following are the latest dispatches in to-day’s papers:
MOBILE, April 27.
The Yankee Commodore, Farragut, promised the secretary of the Mayor of New Orleans, who visited the fleet by a flag of truce, to make a renewed demand for the surrender of the city, but he has not done so up to this hour, 5 o’clock.
Our ship, the McRae, came up from the forts under a flag of truce, with forty of our wounded. She communicated with the Federal flag ship, but the result is unknown. It is rumored that the Federals refused to let her return.
The rumor that Fort Pike has been evacuated and blown up is unreliable.
In a conference held with one of the Federal officers, after the correspondence between Mayor Monroe and Com. Farragut, the officer left, declaring that he would shoot down the flag on the City Hall if it was not hauled down, and he actually brought his ship within range, but has not fired thus far.
It is reported that French and English men-of-war are below, and will enter their protest against shelling the city; and it is believed the Yankee vessels are short of both provisions and ammunition.
The city is remarkably orderly, but the excitement is intense and the feeling of humiliation deep.
RICHMOND, April 28.
The following dispatch was received to-day by Adj. Gen. Cooper from Gen. Lovell:
CAMP MORE, April 27.
Forts Jackson and St. Phillip are still in good condition and in our hands. The steamers Louisiana and McRae are safe. – The enemy’s fleet is at the city, but they have not forces enough to occupy it. The inhabitants are staunchly loyal.
MOBILE, April 28.
The forts on Lake Pontchartrain were all evacuated on the 24th inst. We have sustained considerable loss in supplies and dismounting, but not in destroying the guns. At Fort Pike all the buildings were burnt, including the telegraph office. The operator has gone to the limits of the city to open an office if possible.
All the gunboats on the lake have been burnt by our own people. The Mobile boats, Whiteman, Brown and several others are running troops, stores and ordnance to Manchock, after which we fear they will be burned.
The Yankee fleet was returning again to Ship Island.
In a local paragraph, the Norfolk Day Book, under the head of markets, mentioned the very small supply of edibles exposed for sale, and says it becomes a question of great moment, as to where and how the people are to be fed.
The Death of Samuel B. Todd, brother of Mrs. Lincoln, is announced. He died on the battlefield from the effects of the wounds he received at Shiloh, in the action of the 7th.
It is reported by the flag of truce that the Merrimac has steam up. It was expected in Norfolk last night that she would come out to-day. She has not made her appearance, however.
– Published in The Davenport Daily Gazette, Davenport, Iowa, Thursday Morning, May 1, 1862, p. 1