June 28, 1861
OUR OWN CORRESPONDENT]
Wednesday night, June 26
Mervin visited Fort Pickens this morning in great ceremony. Salutes are now the order of the day.
steamers Vanderbilt, Swan and Illinois are all in the immediate vicinity of
Fort Pickens, unloading war implements, stores, etc. There has been no addition to the fleet
within the last twenty-four hours.
Yesterday evening at 6 o’clock there were thirteen vessels, of all
classes, in view—several of them small steamers. The steamer Mississippi, with Commodore
Mervin on board, and the Niagara, occupy their old positions.
large number of troops have been landed on the Island from the recently arrived
transports. A regiment of Zouaves are said to be among them.
are not permitted any longer to visit the Navy Yard, and news from below is
evening Capt. Homer sent up his caisson wagons to convey the members of the
“Ladies Military Aid Society” to the parade ground of the State Artillery, two
miles below the city. And such laughing,
talking, and enjoyment generally, was never before seen, as they went dashing
through the streets with their waving banners.
What would become of the war and the soldiers, if it wasn’t for the
women? A Pensacola woman is a great
S. The steamer Cahaba has just arrived from the eastward and anchored in the
fleet. Her decks are, or seem to be,
crowded with men. Verily, our
neighborhood is getting thickly settled.
small man of war steamer has arrived outside.
[Transcribed by Sharon Strout]