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NEW YORK, February
The Herald publishes the following telegrams from the
CHARLESTON, January 31.--The
two iron-clad gunboats Chirora and Palmetto State, with three steamvers
as tenders, went out beyond the bar at one o'clock thi3 morning, to attack
the blockading fleet. The firing began soon after one, and for a
time was very rapid. It afterwards slackened, but continued at intervals
until 9 this morning.
Owing to a fog the result has not yet been ascertained.
Commodore Ingraham is aboard the Palmetto State as commander of the expedition.
This morning the gunboats Palmetto State and Chirora,
accompanied by three small steamers, all under command of Commander Ingraham,
made an attack on the blockaders and succeeded in sinking two vessels and
crippling a third. The engagement commenced at 4 o'clock. The
Palmetto State, with Commander Ingraham aboard, opened upon the Federal
gunboat Mercedita, carrying eleven guns and one hundred and fifty-eight
men, which was soon sunk in five fathoms of water. Her commander,
with a boat's crew, came abard and surrendered.
One shot pierced her boiler going clear through.
The Captain and crew were paroled by Commander Ingraham.
Captian Tucker, of the Chiora, reports sinking another
gunboat and disabling the steamship Quaker City. The latter was set
on fire by the Chiora. She hauled down her flag and surrendered,
but afterwards managed to escape with only one wheel. She was very
The blockading fleet numbered thirteen vessels,
with two first class frigates, the Susquehanna and Canandaguia. Federal
loss very severe. It was a complete success on our part, with not
a man hurt. Our gunboats were not even struck.
All the blockaders have disappeared. There
is not one to be seen within five miles, with the strongest kind of a glass.
Our boats are now returning to Charleston.
The following is an official dispatch: ON BOARD GUNBOAT
I went out last night. This vessel struck the
Mercidita, when she sent a boat aboard and surrendered. The officers
and crew were paroled. Capt. Tucker thinks he sunk one vessel and set another
on fire, when she struck her flag. The blockading fleet have gone
southward and eastward out of sight.
D. N. INGRAHAM,
CHARLESTON, January 31.--Our
gunboats Palmetto State and Chirora reached the wharves. They were
enthusiastically cheerred by an immense concourse of citizens who had assembled
to greet them. Salutes were fired from the forts and batteries.
Not a man was hurt on our side, and our gunboats were not struck by the
Our attack on the fleet was a complete surprise,
each one running away without waiting for the others.
It is supposed that nearly all the crew of the Mercedita
The Palmetto State which engaged the Mercedita,
having no boats and fighting all the time could render her no assistance.
|The Quaker City was struck twice and one of her
side wheels almost torn off.
Gen. Beauregard and Commander Ingraham, as Commanders
of the land and naval forces, have issued a joing Proclamation, dated January
31st, declaring the blockade of Charleston raised, the entire hostile squadron
having been sunk, burned, or dispersed, by the superior naval power of
Yesterday afternoon Beauregard placed a steamer
at the disposal of the foreign Consuls, to see for themselves that no blockade
existed. The French and spanish consuls, accompanied by Gen. Ripley,
accepted the invitation. The British Consul, with the commander of
the British war steamer Petrel, had previously gone five miles beyond the
usual anchorage of the blockaders, and could see nothing of them with glasses.
Late in the evening four blockaders re-appeared, keeping far out.
This evening a larger number of blockaders are in sight, but keep steam
up, evidently ready to run.
HEADQUARTERS LAND AND
At about 5 o'clock this morning the Confederate States
naval force on this station attacked the United States blaockading fleet
off the harbor of the city of Charleston, and sunk, dispersed or drove
off out of site for the time the entire hostile fleet.
therefore we, the undersigned, commanders respectively of the Confederate
States naval and land forces in this quarter, do hereby formally declare
the blockade by the United States of the said city of Charleston, S. C.,
to be raised by a superior force of the Confederate States, from and after
this 31st day of January, A. D. 1863.
||G.T.BEAUREGARD, Gen. Comm'g
D. N. INGRAHAM, Fleet officer, Com-
manding Naval Forces.
THOS. JOURDAN, Chief of Staff.
The reults of the naval engagement yesterday are--two
vessels sunk, four set on fire, and the remainder driven away.
Foreign Consuls here held a meeting last night,
and were unanimously of the opinion that the blockade had been legally
Twenty blockaders are off the bar to-day. ________________
PETERSBURG, Va., February 1.
The news from Charleston creates great joy here.
HAEDQUARTERS ARMY OF
Parties who crossed the river yesterday under a flag
of truce state that the rebels in Fredericksburg were very jubilant over
the news from Charleston, among which was the official proclamation of
Beauregard and Ingraham declaring the blockade of Charleston raised. ________________
WASHINGTON, January 3.
A meeting of newspoaper publishers from all parts of
the country has been called to meet here Monday evening next, to urge upon
Congress the importance of reducing or repealing the duty on imported paper.