Mobile Advertiser & Register
June 16, 1861
Our Own Correspondent]
Friday night, June 14
as recommended by President Davis was pretty generally observed in camp and
city as a holiday. The fashionable
drinking saloons, however, kept their back doors open during the day.
a six weeks’ drought, we this morning had a sloshing rain. Its benefits, however, have been somewhat
neutralized from the fact that our enemies shared alike this blessing, by
having their cisterns, tanks, etc. replenished with fresh, wholesome water.
news from Virginia is in skeletal doses, and quite unsatisfactory. Our soldiers have been so often outraged by
telegraphic rumors, that but little reliance is now placed in the wires. An account of a big, rousing victory would do
more to rid our camp of ennui and diarrhea than all the physic and nostrums in
There have been no
departures or arrivals among our friends on the Gulf for the last two
days. The winds of last night and to-day
have made their quarters quite uncomfortable, but they grin and hold onto the
E. Holt, Esq., of your city, arrived yesterday, accompanied by the lady of
Lieut. George Holt of the regular Confederate army, now acting in the
received this morning the following note, in telegraphic style, giving an
account of a fight last week, or this week before, between a snake and a
Pensacola, Continental Camp, foot of
A Continental, while dipping water
from a spring near camp this morning, was twice assaulted by a big, he snake. Snake repulsed every time by well-directed buckets of cold water.- Continental all
right. Bully for continental.
Thos. Watts, of Montgomery, is here. He
looks every inch a Governor.
boat has arrived from the Navy Yard and brings us some items of news. Last evening about 8 o’clock, a man was
picked up on the beach near Barrancas, perfectly naked, who gave an account of
himself thus: He, as usual, went in a
bathing near Fort Pickens, and venturing too far, was forced by the current and
winds into the sheet of deep water that separates the two forts, and driven
against his will to our shore. This is
all he acknowledges of himself and is probably correct. He refuses to give any information in regard
to Pickens, its defences, the number of troops, or anything else connected with
the Island or its peoples. He is in
durance and will be kept so. He says he
is a Massachusetts man and his cause is right.
He looks like a fellow that has been hard worked.
flags of the squadron, as well as that in Fort Pickens, have been at half-mast
all day. At noon a salute was fired from
Fort Pickens. The cause we know not. It created some excitement among the troops
stationed at Pensacola.
the last few days, nearly all the sandbags which caused so much apparent labor
to mount, have been taken to the parapet at Fort Pickens. The addition of this sandbag story probably
rendered the fort too hot, as it cut off the breeze entirely, and hence its
spy was taken at the yard last night. He
was on the beach signaling with a lantern to the opposite shore, which was
answered. What the signals meant, cannot
be ascertained as he obstinately refuses to give any account of himself. He is now in irons, and awaits the fate of a
spy, if such should be proved his true character. It is not likely he has any connection with
the fellow picked up on the beach.