Newspaper of The New York Herald, December 3, 1861, Page 1

Newspaper of The New York Herald dated December 3, 1861 Page 1
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THE NEW YO 4tA~ WHOLE NO. 9215. NEW YORK, TUESDAY, \L HERALD. DECEMBER 3, 1861. PRICE TWO CENTS. BSTERESTDf G FROM TYBEE ISIAHD. Arrival of the Steam Trans port McClellan. The Encounter Between the Rebel Fleet and the Union Gunboats In the MoHth of the Savannah River* AFFAIRS AT POUT ROYAL. The Schooner Western Star Loading with Cotton for New York. JNCIDENTS OF THE EXPEDITION, *?#, He., *?. The United State* steamer McCiellan, Alfred 0. Oray commanding, arrived at tiita i>ort yesterday morning at Mfpaat seven o'clock, from Tybeo Island and Hilton Bead. The MeC. sailed from Hilton Hoad on the afternoon Of Tuesday , Nov. 20, with Gen. Bherman aud staff on board, for Tybee Island. Arriving there, ebe anchored and ra ?atned until morn In 2. when General Sherman went on I ?bore and made a reconnoissanco. While so doing the enemy threw four shell* at the parly from Fort Pulaski, which buret in rlo*e proximity to them, doing no damage, however. The earn* afternoon she got under way, and landed General Sherman and itaff at Hilton Bead. When returning from Ty bee spoke United 8iates gun boat Florida, with Plug Officer Dupont on board, bound for tha fleet al the mouth of the Savannah river, unit com municated with him. The Florida returned the same ?von tag. Hie McClellan left Hilton nead on tho night of Thura day, 38th ult., and brmge mail* and highly important de spatches from General Sherman and Flag Officer Dupont. There I* no news of Importance by the McCiellan. everything waa progressing favorably. Health of the troc g perfect. We are Indebted to tho kindness of Purser Caldwell, of the McHelian , for the oarly delivery of our despatches, and for "the- facilities, which wo take ibla opportunity of ac knowledging. OUR SAVANNAH RIVER CORRESPONDENCE. O rr Truss Licrt, 1 Savannah, Nov 26, 1801 J THf Health of Oar Fortrj ? The Weather on the Crtlst? Rela tive Position* of the Rebel and Vnicn fbrcet ? hiring from. t he Rebel Guns ? Movements of Commodore Ibtnatl, etc. W? have been two weeks last Sunday on the blockade off Savannah, cruising about, with uow and then a cry from the lookout, "Sail ahoy," when we would imme diately give chase, all anxious for a price; but, alas) on reaching the strange sail we find one of our own vossela. After speiking her wo put about with a sad conato. nance, ami hope for better success next time. The weather lure Is delightful, the thermometer ranging about 68 drgree* In the shade On Sunday last, the 24th, wo were much pleased to have some company, tho gunboats I lag, Sonec* and Pocahontas having come from Port Royal and dropped anchor in our vicinity. During the after, toon the Senoca and Pocahont?s went on a ro coonoltrtng expedition, while we anxiously watched their ?wvrmeijts. About seven P. M. was beard firing from tho Seneca, w-btcli waa boldly pushing near the lighthouse on jybeo Island, followed by the Pocahontas. After firing a few shot, and no reply, the Pocahontas came to anchor, While tbeflenaca came down and piloted us In at half seven I'. If. Saw four of Uncle Sam's steamers fid 1 1 g scfe y n t anchor, and looking right into the rebels' teeth. Oi r position at present Is about three miles from Fori rulaski, and the rebel Hag can be seen flying at the fort, and their small steamer* can be seen flying back and forth in tho river above. We have possession of fybee light and a small fort on the Island tho rebels deserted. Our flag is now flying from the top of lb e lighthouse, also on the fort. This forenoon the steamer Seneca took tho frigate Sa vannah in tow and brought her tip to the light, where she low lies at anchor in about five fathoms of water. About one P. M a movement was seen from the enemy, appa rently coming towards us; four small steamers. Soon was seen a flush from one of thorn, but their ball fell ?bort of us. All hands were called to lieave up anchor, which wa* done in a few moments, and ibe steamer Seucca sent them her compliments in shape of a shell, closely fol low. d by the Pocahontas and Augusta. 1 should Lhlnk aomo of our shots told on the enemy, as they tifi-ned tall In double quick time after a few shots from us; it being elib time wo could not follow l hem, and returned to an itn'-bor again. The otu-my 's boits were said to have been in command of < omrnodore Tatnall, his pennant having been seen 0}u>g on ows of thorn. SiTjijiiMH Rim, Nov. 27, 18?1. Ouflinet of the Savannah Coatt? Position of the Vesselt of the Pled ? Deter tion of the. Rebel Fbrte? Appearance of the Rebel Fleet? The Heavy Qunt of the Enemy? Excellent Pratice of the Gunboat Seneca ? The Landing of the Union three* ? Appearance if the Lighthouse ? Effect* Flund on (he Itland, <tc , dc. I herewith enclose you a correct outline of the coast at lite cut; unco of Savannah river, and the position occupied by some of our vessels and the mosquito fleet in a l*e encounter. As soon as the forts at Bay Point and Hilton Hend were occupied , so as to form a basis for future operations, a number of vessels were despatched to blockado several Important points along the coast. Some were seut off Charleston, other* off Savannah, off Fernandina, Florida, and nt other points. The United States frigate Savannah (?ailing vessel) was already offTybee, and the purchased ateamer Augusta was sent to that point, as was id so tha Steamer Florida the day after her arrival from Philadel phia, where she had been compelled to resort for repairs to her machinery , caused by the severe gale encountered by the fleet off Cape Hatteraa. It goon became evident that Savanrsh would be a prin.' clpal point of attack, probably at no distant period; for in a few days boats were sent from all these vessels, which bad appreached the entrance to Tybee as closely at waa deemed prudent, to take the soundings of the entrance to the channel. On the night of Saturday, 23d Inst. , the steamers Flagi Pocahontas and Seneca came down from Port Royal barber end anchored off Tybeo, near the other vessels. Early Sunday morning, after breakfast, the steamers Slowly sailed up the entrance, tho others remaining out Bide of the range of the guns, while tho Seneca, followed by the Pocahontas (Captain Rodgers, of the Flag, being In command and on board the Seneca), slowly steamed np towards the fort, with the view of drawing the Are of theg!:ns,to find out their range and calibre. At Qre1 they kept well off and near the opposite shore; but al j remained quiet on tho Island. With our glasses wo could distinctly see the fort, but there was no flag waving over It, nor were any guue to be seen, nor any signs of life whatever. Finding no news Tram the rebels, the Seneca proceeded a little nearer and let go her eleven-inch gun. The shot fell short and elicited no reply from tho fort. Again and egain she fired, sometimes shot and sometimes shell < eome of which burst directly over the fort. After ma" notuvring in this manner for a couple of hours, she ?termed up post the fort on the opposite shore, Bring uo" easionally, and, turning round higher up, catna duwn closo to the fort, rtnd under the range of any guns which mlijht be there. The reason that her firing had cailed forth no demonstration from the rebel fort was now found to be because it had Vocn d sorted No one was ou the island The steamers Pocahontas, Flag and Aug ista now followed the Seneca, with the view of goibg on shore to m.ike ob nervations, while the Florida proceeded to Port Royul to fMDinunicate to the flag ofUcer the intelligence tbatTyboe ?latirt was occupied by our naval force, and that we had gamed a foothold on the sacred soil of haughty Georgia. Early next morning the Florida appeared apain off Tybee, end towed In the Savannah, which anchored cloks by the lighthouse, over which, as well a* over the fort, the Union Sura and Stripes were triumphantly waving, in eight of the city of Savasosh. Farly on ibe morning of Tuesday, 26th Inst., several volumes or dark smoke were seen up the Savannah river, wbioh waa supposed to come from the bituminous coal THE ENTRANCE TO SAVANNAH RIVER. Scene of the Encounter Between the Union Gunboats and the Rebel Tatnall's Mosquito Fleet, * Thursday, Nov. 26~The Rebel Fleet Driven Back. used on the rebel steamers. The frigate Savannah, com. tuandod by J. S. Mlsroon; steamers Florida, 3. R. Uolds borough commander; Flag, J. Rodger* commander; Pocahontas, P. Drayton commander; Augusta, E. 0. Parrot commandcr, and Seneca, Daniel Anmen com mander, were lying at anchor off Tybee lighthouse, look ing up the river. The smoke approached nearer and nearer, and our glasses soon made out first threo and then four rebel steamers, and we at once recognized the mosquito fleet. As they came abreast of Fort Pulaski we made out one with a broad pennant on tho fore , apparently the Kver glade, with the rebel Commodore Tat nail on board. The pentagonal brick Fort Pulaski, on Cockspur Island, could be plainly seen at a distance of some three miies, with the rebel flag floating defiantly from Its walls. A great in any people were on its walls watching the approach of the rebel steamers towards our flotilla. There appoared to be gens mounted only hi two directions, guarding the two river approaches up and down. The rear did not appear defended. There is a shoal in tho Savannah river opposite Fort Pulaski, and extending well into Turtle Island, South Caro lina coast; and between this and the fort Is the channel, which at tbis point Is obstructed by two large hulks, evidently with the intention of detaining any vessel going up the river long enough to give the guns at the fort a good opportunity of sinking them. At first we thought tho rebels were coming to sink these two hulks below the surface; but we soon found such was not tbe case, as between two of the rebel steam* ?ri ve observed a" large hulk In tow, on which was mount" ?d an immense red gun. A fourth steamer now came in sight, and smoke could be discerned farther up, as if from a fifth. The three steamers first seen slowly passed the hulks, and then continued their course abreast, with this float ing battery In tow. When they came within about three miles of us one of the steamers turned her broadside to the fleet, and the big gun belched forth Its angry thunder; but the missile fell harmlessly half a Grille short. They continued slowly on, snd then flred a second shot, which pierced the water within two buudrcd yards of the Poca hontas. The Seneca was soon under way and rounded Into posi tion, so as to make use of hor eleven inch gun, ihe shell from which rloochsttcd skippingly along towards tbe rebels, but fell short. Meanwhile the "ocahontas, Augusta and Florida got up thoir anchors and steamed slowly into tho posit on mark ed out in the accompanying chart, and heading respect ively as there represented. Tbe fourth rebel steamer now stopped under the guns Of Fort Pulaski, while the others slowly continued their course, firing occasionally The Seneca s^nt shell after shell towards them, and soon got in c*ncllcm range. T'ue shot skipped along the water, ranking over thirty rico chets, aud came very clo-ely. Some o( the bhell burst right over the fleet. Tho t-enoca also fired several ritis. shots, some eighteen or nineteen In all, as did the Poca hontas, Augusta and Florida These all came very i.eir tho vessels, aud we were getting at a distance wh ch would soon give our shots a chance to to! , when two or thrcs rapidly succeeding warnmg*j>f the !-oij'>cks big ?levau-inbh gun gave tbi m n bmt th y co ild not have tt all their own way, and thev ?"as?'d li.iufr, t;pn J tail ig. nominiously and beat a precipitate retreat uider full head of steam. The robels fir^d in a:l some nine or ten show only three or four oi which wero from the big gun. They all fell short, their best shot having been the second which came within 600 feet of the Pocahontas. We fol' lowed a little way, the Seneca and other vessels firing one or 'two shots after th"m, but we wers not desirous of coming within range of the g ins of Fort Pulaski, and so returned to our moorings. We have as yet uo means of knowing whether any i!amape was don bv our shot. In the afternoon a partyor marines from the Savannah, sna boats' crews from s< me of the other vetsnls. went ashore on Tyliee Island lo r 'connoitre, and were flrod into once or twice from Kort Pulaski, one of the shells bursting in the woods near them. In the afternoon General dhcr man, who had beard the tiring at Port Royal, came up to Tybee on the General Whitney to see what was doing and take obeervattOfc\ went ashore at Tybee next morn log. PLAN or TOBT PULASKI, SAVANNAH, SHOVING GOBS EN BARBETTE. The firing bogan about a quarter past eleven , and ceaatd at twenty mini tea of two. After the rtn ontre the Florida proewtrd to Port Royal, and DMt morning returned with Flag Officer I'u pout and Caj turn f)av is, uf the Wabash, on board, (or the pnr|KMe of visiting Tvbve and judging of the uses t'> which it might be applied for military and strategic purp< 'e1-. Signals were run up (or urmel crow* to com'- from all the vrisels to the Savannah , and the d iff' rent c ittors war* hood manned bysta worth tars, armed with cutlaa'ee, pistols and m iskels Etch vessel also =en( a guard of murines Two boat howitzers were lowered into one of the Savannah'x launches. About twenty four boats, with armed crews, clustered around th> savannah, and were p :t under command of a lieutenant, while a lleuten ant of marines took charge of (be members of his corps The Savannah's gig now put off towards th" shore, with the flag oilie r and Captain's Davis and Uiaroon, to lowed by the Florida's gig and Captain Gold -borough, then, Captain Rodgers.of tho Flag, Ammen, of the i?ene oi , and other commanders, the other boats coming be hind in a lln abreast. It was a beautiful fight, and one l'.nj to ba rem mbered, to ee that lino of boats pulin g for the shor ?, every man in them showing the delight with which he would press with bis foot the "sacred ?oil." The boats went a> far on the b^ach as they could, and wo all got aahore with some wettmg'of feet, though seve r?l officers were carried "pickubauk" and in "a lady's chair." AVo landed near the fort. The marines formed at one enl of the 1 me of boats, and, while tho sailors w ere be ing got luto line , the Ila^ olllcer and some other offlaers, nth udid by a few urs, went up tha sand to thafort near which we landed. It is a rotinl tower, abiut (biriy feet In ).el#hl and ten feet iu thickness, and in diameter about thirty Bvt fert, built of concrete, oyster shciii, stoue, Ac , i.em-nted with limo, It was arrwged for several g?08. en harbttie, anil piereed for musketry. Close by aro two or three sheds, rcceully erected for stabling or cattle bouses Ti e usual shrubbery of the district grows all over In profi s'cd but the ground ail the way to tb? lighthouse 14 hilly and sar.dy. At the approach t? ths lighthouse is a recently consli utted closed shed, evidtitly Intended fur barra. ka, but never occupieJ It contained some bun dies of straw, Blty or a hundred barrels of lime, and i-evcral planks of lumber, while th<- flo^r was strewn wlih

shavings There were two brick houses, en? story in height, and enclosed iu a patch of ground which had been cultivated for garden purposes. There were several other sheds. Tht Iflithouae bore evidence of recent occupation. Ths ro< m* at the various landings contained rude e ta an s' ts ot drawers, while tbtir floors were strewn with empty bottle* and broken gl its. Here and tilt o were siray' pairs of unmeot ;onab es, some only ragged, torn ? only partially complete. We mounted the steps, 150 Wi n .niher, with occae onal landings, to (ho top The letif bad beeii t.iken iVw.,y,<n1 most of. the window* b okei: some of lb* remaining p.inne of gags bearing ?vi lenc.'Ot has ing b?eu pitruei by mutant bati*. The Iron work supporting the lent bears tbe Inscrip tion, "L Sautter &C'ic,countructeurs, a Paris," but no due. From the lighthouse we bad * splendid rlew of the sur rounding country. The Island apj>eared almost round, except to the southward, where it appeared to elongate, and this part of It is covered with marshes. In front, towards th* river, ware the vessols of the squadron riding at anchor. Close to the beach some two dozen or more boats, with their keepers in them, longing to he ashore with thoir eomrades. On the beich march ing to the fort a party of eighty -six marines aud one offi cer, and further on, winding around the huso of an undu lation of the noli, some two hundred Union tars, with muskets in their bands, and Itching to ore them. Fort I'ulafkt. on Cockspur Ibland, could be readily seen. It is a pent Agonal fort, built of brick, and apparently two miles distant. I think a battery at this point would be necefsary tu attack It, and I have no doubt but that the I'nloii gun mounted on the beach at Fortress Monroe, or the dismounted Floyd at its ride, if brought here, could be made to do good execution in battering down Fort l'ulainkt, the taking of which will bo noccssary bufore Savannah can be raptured. A naval force would have a great deal of difficulty in reducing Fort Pulaski, but a ro liable land battery at this point of Tybee telond would aid ?uch an undertaking considerably. I should think a gun as largo as the Union or Floyd could be mounted on the martello tower, which is strong enough to bear the weight , and is only about thirty feot high. After making observations and trying to distinguish the city , from whence this lighthouse Is distinctly risible on a clear day, tho party descended, and the marines and sailors pas***! in roview before the Commodore. The whole detachment then proceeded to tho boats. The howitzers were dragged through tho breakers aboard the floats, und the parties pulled for their respective vessel*. There was not much of iiitereat'oc the island ; a few rot ten carcasses of bullocks and one live lame ^'oat, which was shot, aud an old wheelbarrow, were all that we saw besides the buildings. 1 should think this island would be an eligible point for ?ccu'put.on by troops, and have no doubt that General Sherman will soon send a regiment to encamp here. OUR HILTON HEAD CORRESPONDENCE. Iltt.Tox Hun, S. C., Nor. 28, 1881. Vie Rebel F tlr 'at from Tybee Island ? Annther Harbor St. cured U> Our Fleet ? Sa>anna\ Iiivtr Effectually Blockad ed? fbrl Pulaski lifM'ped ? Expedilio n to St. Helena Sound ? A Vessel Loading Cotton for Sew York ? Tkt Steamship Winfifld Scott, <tc., dc. After mailing my Utter yenterday, seat per Meamship Illinois, the United States gunboat Florida arrived from Tybec Island, bringing full Intelligent) of the evacuation of the fortifications by tho rebels at that place. I under stand that Commodore Dupont sent a brief report of the affair to tho Navy Department at Washington. The inland wasoccupiad at half past three o'clock on the 24th Inst., by an expedition seat from here by Flag Officer Dupont to report to the senior ofllcor off Savannah river. Tbe expe dition conBistcd of tbo 1'nlted State* steam gunboats Flag, Pocahontas and Seneca, under the respectire command! of Commander Rogers, Lieutenant Batch and Lieutenant commanding Ainmen. The channel lead ing from the sea to tbs Island was carofully buoyed out , arid the tcfsoIs proceeded towards the rebel fortifi cations with caution, at Intervals throwing shell to draw ,be enemy's (Ire. After firing sereral rounds without any reply being made by tbo rebels, It was concluded by onr officers that tbe rebel works were abandoned. I And (ng parties were then placed in the gunboat launches, and a start made for shore. As was anticipated, the rehols were now til. atid the work was found almost entirely dismantled. Tho American Hag was hoJsted on the lighthouse amid tbe loud huzzas o our )olly tars, lhe lirst night tbe island was occupied by a small delachmont of marines and sailors. The fur ther retreat of the enemy from Tybeo Island Is but a natural result of the capture of this point and its strategic character. Tho fortification on Tybee is vsilhm shelling distance of Fort Pulaski, now occupied by <he rebels, b?iug two and a quarter nautical milea f-i m point to point Tbe occupation of Tybe> Island and this island Btcures uc a sea and inland water cotumunic* t ion, ami the me^na nf besieging Fort Pol akt In front nn<l Another a Ivan'age In lb* i. ou| an< y <? Tybeo lil.ind is that it f?-i .rot Hi* Mat bl i Va!enl Rivan nali rfver by land btUtrlt, hosi t?s securing an exoa'itatit harlKir, affording fourteen feet of will?." at ow ti *; nnd by tho time this letter reaches New York our lltt'e fleet will be securely anchored tn it. Horaafwr there will he no more boaMIng aOHflUWIs in th? rebel newti pup. rs of ve-sels running ilie biwckmlo of Ihe .-'avannah rivor. Commodore Dupnnt and Ca| tain Pavl* will hare a con fereticn to d.iv relative to tbo custody of Tybeo. Proba bly a force of 2,0<Ki moti will bo sent there Immediately. Yo?terday a similar expedition. uuder t'omnaodore I'er clval ivayton, ronsl-tlng "f tho gunboats tTria lllla and lemlnna, wn.*sent,b., coratn.i * <? Co: tin dorolHipout, to St Uelena S ?utnl, to rnc> uuoitr > the defences there and anciirtuiu tluir character. I wi.l unpi H" you In my Mit lettor nf (he r suit of ihe expedition. Since th ? arrival here of the fleet, the outer lino* of th* rebel const d Men o?"< h-ive been thor 1 ghly exam nod by Our war vessel*. from the facta gat' ret In thcuaacre ral expeditious. It would apt* ar t itiho reha'H in thi* vicinity will fall bade on the Charleston and Jiirannab Rnilrimd, and make it th- bit o of future oporolioi.a. They ?"?m cteairous not to prowke liottlllliee, but rather to act ra the defenslt e. The steam ffuntxait Curlew made a rernnroi* an?'? to M. Helena Island a lew days :>(!", .m l the' a found the lei a to the lip thoege, denlroy il by the reteU, besido* Ave hundred galltma of ?i|. I teiirn from a rrhel prisoner that every one of the fou railed cannon cut at Charleston h<* exploded trom time to tuno alnoetbe war ctn-ru- ???' "j: ue'ect in the materia) used. The sohoooer Waatern ?tar, of New York, wtit repair to 8t. Hxlena laluud to-day , and there tako in a cari(o of cotton for New York. A d?ton vessel* can be loaded If our commander!) liera will only give thu order. The naval and army expedition ie accomp'lshing a groat work; but in occupying d liferent places it dlvldea our force In a great de gree. Our home government ehould |m mad in tidy r. niNly tide by sending reinforcements We want cavalry vary bad, and at least throe o?:npaLie? of r,; isr Artil lery to garrleon th'' b itt 'n s alroa.'y in our p a-easion A military network i b tng dra ^u slowly lint surely over the empire of Serosa, . . ?real't*r th ? reho'x ovist know nothing but steady defeat. Th ? loyal Slates of the Union are aroused, every lojal citizen North or South mu>t unreservedly lend hl>> pby? c;il and moral support to the government, and, de|iend upon It, before the return of anotli'-r summor our Southern erring brotlaiie will see the futility of their present course. The Bteaiiislili' \\ ml'.*! i Scott, wbich suffered so much damage In the gale of the 1st irst. , Is still here in a'most a worthless condition. It and ibo Union wero purcViMd by the government from It 0. ftoborta and K. S. Dcker Bon for the sum 'f$116,ouo eac h ? their original cost wai (60,000 eut:h. The huliS of tho veiis- ls wure built of Iron five-sixteenth* of an Inch thick (mere sh' Us). II mcfl it wiil beseeu the gnvomtnent paid pretty dourly for them. The Seott, to all intents aud piu p. s s, In v. ?..rtlite.-ri to the govnrntueut, nothing; remaining of any vvlue except th* engme. Ow TUuwn St?ik*r Mc<"niLii?, Nov. 27, 1S61. Tie Tnkiny of Tybte Island ? Kumnrt and //xr.itemtnl? Tahiall <in<l Hit Tuijboat FUtt ? ht/'uotvnt'nU (/ fbrl /'ulniki ? Contullalion uf Offccri ? JVaval Recc>nnf>issanc4 bfi the Flap Officer, <fc. , tic. Yesterday morning (he whole of the ton led city now at Hilton ilead was In an intense slate of exuitemont' Upon Inquiry I was told that Tybto Island was In the possi'BBlon of our excellent nnvy Tb in we wero tol?'. that Fori rula'kl had been dioertod, and was now occupied by tho Jack tara that did so well but a short time since. But rumors are Just now not at a premlt.m with us, so, directing my steps to the headquarter of General Sher man, I found that we had Indeod possession of l'jbee, hut Pulaski not yet, but was told th'U a purly of recou' noiss.tnce would leave dui ini{ the day , eonslstiDjf of Qcn. Bhorman and one or two others. Then theio was a query ? "In what shall we go?" To which the ever ready Captain Sax ion replies, "the tlcClellan, C<ipt. tiray , is Just ready to flarl lor New York, nud a better ship wo cannot fled." ' The McOellan received onboard (be party, of which your correspondent >u one. and left the line harbor of Port Royal nt two o'clock. TbeMcClelian lining quite fast, tb? fifteen miles were so';n gono over, not before, how ever, an excellent collation bad been despatched. f*U|rfin our trip down the steamer Florida wiw spokes, and we were Informed that Tatnall , wiib threo of hi- lug boat fleet, cunie down and fir- d some tuw ineffectual shots, and then, aa ia the rebel wont, turned tail and steamed uway for Fort Pulaski, pursue:! by EOme of ouf g mt)'>at8. En /Ms'arU of Fort Pulaski. I am informed by one who lias lately visited, that fort that it line under gone b'jt few changes. The magazine lias been pi otocted by a large sand bag traverse, built, however, in such a maimer as to allow of a possible explosion /for often a shell will cross and roll for Home distance beforn exnlodlug. Now such a sboll might, and In all probability would, in tbeeveutof an attack, roll into this epinc. exploring here, the chances would be leu to ono Dim tbe nngazlue exploded. The large guns of the armninefU are all mount ed en barbrlU-. These constat of Sume twelve columbi' ads, most of which are of eight-Inch calibro, and are all earned after promlneut rebels. The gun carriage are ail of pine, which, In event of a botnlwdm nt, might splinter rather more than wool I the solid oak o| which we of the Kortb make the tlrm carriage of the heavy guns. Tlio casemate guns are not in cal:tre more than thirty-two's, and tbcao mostly mounted uikiD cast iron carriages, which carriage ia, I am" told, a most unserviceable one; for a shot or fragment of a thell that would, at the most, wound tbo wooden carriage, brines in pioces and renders utterly useless the irou. The olQ cers' quarters are in the western portion of tbe work, or that of the land approach, and are pierccd for musketry. There are at the prusent time at tho fort some eight hun dred or s thousand men, with quite a large quantity ol stores. Upon leaving Tybee Isfand we see the smoke of tbe high pressure wood burners, of which Tatnall has com mand, as well R8 o numbor of our own navy. Tbu high lighthouse ujion the Island wo see looming tip, and be yond we can Jufit see the walla of Pulahtii. The guns from tho sand batteries have, I am told, all been re moved, the work of removal having beeu cotnmuuced a a early as the 11th of this month Arrived at the tleot, we steamed alongside the Savan nah, and learned that tbo steamers of "*ecesh" had been bu.- lly engaged in the transportation of troops hi the forta, ami that the gunboats Flag and Pocahontas bad been prevented from pursuing the rebel steamers by ? recall from the Savannah. leaving tbo Savannah, we moved slowly ahead and anchored in Hue w.tb the other vessels. A few moments after tbo ship was anchored the <ilf forent commanders assembled in the cabin of the Mc Clellan, where a consultation was held, and it was deter mined to make a reconnomsanco in the morning. At eight o'clock the Mct'lellan's boats, with well armed crews, pulled rapidly toward the Island, landing near the light house, up"n which tho .Stars and Stripes have been tlynig ginco Sunday, when they were placed there by Cut tain Rodger*. Advancing at once to the lighthouse, General Sherman, Accompanied by Captains Cray and Sax ton, with a Tow others, was soon at tue top. Here, after a short consult ation, It was determined to advance a body of marines to a point of land directly opposite tho fort and make a recosnolssanee: upou which Captain Gray a ut a body of eeameu of the McClellan, under the command of Second Otllcer l.'enuet, to act as scouts and flankers This being done, the General proceeded to a point of tb ( Island distant from tbe fort about a mile and a half, wheu 'he was greeted with a complimentary thirty two from one of the casemate guns, this being lollowed by a shell from one of the columbiads situated upon the angle of ti.e fort. This, I am sure, was from Mr. Columbiad Tatnall. The shell burst two thirds of the distance, b t in excel lent line of our party, winch tact was being reina ked, when a cloud of white smoke was again seen to Issue from the fort; evidotitly more elevation had been given to the piece, for this shell burst at such an angle in the air tint had it c?ntinued its flight to its extreme range our little party might bnve been disagreeably saluted by the frag ments. Tbe reconnols?anco being completed, we wore returning when another shell came whiz, wliiz, and exploded, when Its fragments fell In every direction, some of wbieh !!? w by our little party. This last shell being so good, Mr. Secesb seem 'd quite satisfied, and wo quetly proceeded on our examination of tho island, which we found quite pleasant. Many cows, goats, &c. , were seen quietly grazing, but no man , wilii tbe ex ception of one or two who were seen escaping from the Island by Second Officer Den net and Ills i>arty. 11,9 road was deeply masked by the wheels of tho conveyances with wh.cb the guns had been taken away. Returning again to the MiCiollnn we were soon nndcr way upon our ret :rn to 1111 ton Bead, the occupants of Pulaski amusing themselves meanwhile with shelling [ the position from which the rcconnoisaance had been made. We had gone but a short distance upon our way when tbe Florida waa met, bearing Commodore Dupoot, who, we learned, was on bis way towards Fort Pulaski upon a naval reconuols.sance, tbe result of which your readers shall have by the nest steamer. Ilitznti Titan, Nov. 29, 1601. Arrival of the Stealer Bimville? Cargo of ShtU for th? . > A any ? Large and Welcome Mail, <tc. The steam gunboat Bienville, I-leut. Steadman com' mandlog, arrived here yesterday from New York. She brought a cargo of shell for tho use of the naval fleet, and a large and welcome mail. The steamer May flower, Capt. Phillips, went alongside tbe Bienville and carried the mails to shore. Postmaster Sears had the mail ready for delivery In two hours after its arrival. The Bienville brought a large quantity of New York papers, all ol which were readily bought up by the soldiors. The Nsw [CONUNVED ON KKiHTH PAGE J

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