June 30, 1861
Our Own Correspondent]
Pensacola, Friday night,
had another good, old fashioned rain and blow this morning. The weather is delightful and there are
plenty here to enjoy it.
excitement of the last two or three days has in a measure subsided. Whether there was any cause for it or not, it
has had one good effect—to arouse the people to preparation and vigilance.
State Artillery were out again this evening, exercising with their battery shot
and blank cartridge firing. Their horses
are in fine condition and behave handsomely on the field. Lieutenant Howard has for several days past
been experimenting at anchored target, with his 42 pounder
battery, with the most decided success.
They throw with great accuracy nearly to the opposite shore, a distance
of four miles.
a week past, the vessels of our neighbors have displayed nightly signals, which
we have been unable to interpret. They
are probably of the newly adopted code, intended to take the place of the
lighthouse, long ago abolished at this point.
There is seldom, however, an arrival among them by night. Either the Vanderbilt or Illinois sailed last night. So look out for news in about three
weeks. Should you get more Heralds and
Tribunes than you need, remember you have friends in Pensacola.
Mobilians have arrived since my last. I find registered at the Bedell
House the names of Mr. Riley, of the house of Riley & Anderson; Mr. Phillip
LaValle, of the Tribune office; Mr. Thompson, Capt.
Jo. Lee and Louis Vernenville, and Mr. Thompson, of
Company B, of the Continentals. Mr.
Chas. LeBaron, of your city, returns home to-night,
having spent a week with his kinsmen and old friends, in Pensacola, Bagdad, etc.
Lober, the man that swam from Fort Pickens,
goes to Richmond
to play a star engagement. He left on
this evening’s train.
The mule that
followed the example of Lober, in swimming from Fort Pickens
to the white settlements, turns out to be an old resident of Warrington and the Navy Yard. He was pressed into service by Slemmer when he left that place and deserted the first
opportunity. He bears evidence of bad
treatment, but is rapidly improving under the kindness of Capt. Lovell’s
company, the Quitman Artillery, whose prisoner he is.
Capt. Wood, Capt.
O’Bannon and several other officers are in the city this evening.