July 7, 1861
Our Own Correspondent]
Pensacola, Friday Night,
We have had
another dull, dark, rainy day, and some news items are as scarce as honest
Yesterday, the 4th
of July, was observed by our neighboring villages, Bagdad
and Milton, by a general suspension of business, the reading of the Declaration
of Independence, oration, etc., thus showing that the great event this day is
intended to commemorate, still lives in the affections of our people.
Wm. H. Lamberton,
former postmaster at Warrington,
who was sometime since arrested and driven from this place on account of
communicating with the enemy, had the audacity to return a few days since, and
was last night rearrested by the police. He was this morning sent to the Navy Yard in
irons, under charge of some Marines.
Assistant Adjutant General, Capt. O’Bannon, Chief of Quartermaster Department,
Lt. Calvin Sayre, and a number of other officers from below, visited the city
On e of the
transport steamers sailed this morning.
and quite a fleet of small steamers, are in view. The Niagara
has not returned to the anchorage. She
is no doubt on a cruise.
We are all looking
with anxiety for Washington
news. War! And to the knife—will
doubtless be the response to Lincoln’s
company, called the “Blue Whistlers,” has been organized in this place, with
the following officers:
Capt, Dillon Jordan; first
Lieutenant, Jas. H. Nicholson; second, Henry F. Ingraham; third, Boykin D.
Williams; Orderly Sergeant, A. R. Baker; second, I. G. Hutton; third, James
McClankey; fourth, Walter C. Yonge; First Corporal, Geo. A. McIntyre; second,
C. N. Fennel; third, J. E. Sierra; fourth, John Blum; Surgeon, N. D. Spotswood.
train and wagons, from Mobile,
arrived this afternoon, full freighted, and left for home tonight.
[Transcribed by Sharon Strout]