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Civil War Harper's Weekly, May 10, 1862

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MAY 10, 1862.]



(Previous Page) dimensions, so that it is overflowing its banks, sweeping along in majesty and might. As we pass Plum Point the second Chickasaw Bluff looms up in the distance like a low range of hills, whose blue outline strikingly contrasts with the uniformly low and plashy shores of the river which extend from Columbus down. On rounding the point, as we took occasion to do with Captain Pike on a reconnoissance with a tug, we discover the top of the bluff cleared in places, and a few tents still standing, although their number is much diminished. With good optical aids a line of fresh excavations was to be discerned in one or two places near the water's edge, and something of the kind further up the hill-side. These are the new and hastily constructed batteries thrown up within a few days, and are mounted with some very heavy guns. The older fort, which has been in process of construction for several months, mounts nearly seventy guns, and has a front toward the land. The river batteries extend along the base, and round the lowest end of the bluff, covering a space of more than three miles.

The position we occupy and its relation to that of the enemy is not unlike that at Island No. 10. The commencement of operations is so much like that that one description might almost serve for both. Here we have the wide-rolling Mississippi turned in a grand sweep from its course and disappearing at the foot of the rising wall of granite—the same intervening point of land shutting our view of the rebel position, only so much more effectually as it is heavily wooded, and projects further into the stream. We have the string of transports lining the shore for miles above, the mortars chained to the shore just above the point, and the gun-boats like black sentinels placed at a short distance in the stream.

The mortars belch forth their terrible missiles in columns of smoke across the point in the same Vesuvian style; the little snorting tenders keep up the same incessant flitting from boat to boat, and the transports, tugs, and ammunition boats lie peacefully at the shore with the black smoke curling lazily from their towering chimneys, very much as they did six weeks since a hundred miles above. As yet the gun-boats have taken no part in the hostilities. Their function seems to be to convoy the fleet and keep ward against the hostile ships.

For reasons best known to our officers, there is no disposition to make an immediate assault upon the enemy's works with the gun-boats. Whether this be the old standing difficulty of fighting down stream, or the fear of severe punishment from the heavy guns mounted in the earthworks—the burden of the work comes upon the mortars which, from their range, their weight, and the comparative safety with which they can be used, are admirably suited to the purpose.


WE give on page 292 a fine view of NEW ORLEANS, and on page 294 three views of the APPROACHES TO THAT CITY BY WAY OF THE RIGOLETS. On page 293 we illustrate COMMODORE FARRAGUT'S GULF SQUADRON, together with COMMODORE PORTER'S MORTAR FLEET, and FORTS JACKSON and ST. PHILIP; and on page 295 we give a MAP OF THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER, showing its course from its mouth to Cairo.

At the time we write we know nothing positively with regard to the progress of affairs at New Orleans, but dispatches through rebel sources state that the city fell on 25th. We know that Commodore Farragut's expedition entered the Mississippi River a month ago—in the last week of March. For some time after their first appearance they seem to have been inactive. But on 23d we heard through rebel sources of the bombardment of Fort Jackson, which was represented as "terrific." Our next intelligence is contained in the following telegram which was published in the Petersburg Express of 26th:

      MOBILE, April 25, 1862.

The enemy passed Fort Jackson at four o'clock yesterday morning. When the news reached New Orleans the excitement was boundless. Martial law was put in full force, and business was completely suspended.

All the cotton and steamboats, excepting such as were necessary to transport coin, ammunition, etc., were destroyed.

At one o'clock to-day the operator bade us "good-by," saying that the enemy had appeared before the city.

This is the last we know regarding the fall. Will send particulars as soon as they can be had.

New Orleans, as every one knows, is the queen city of the South. It is situated on the left bank of the Mississippi River, about 100 miles from its mouth, 1663 miles southwest from New York, and 1438 southwest from Washington. The city is built around a bend in the river, from which circumstance it bears the sobriquet of "The Crescent City." The site inclines gently from the margin of the Mississippi toward the marshy ground in the rear, and is from two to five feet above the level of the river at the usual spring freshets. To prevent inundations an embankment or levee, about fifteen feet wide and six feet high, has been raised, extending 120 miles above the city, and to Port Plaquemine, 43 miles below it. The old city proper, originally laid out by the French, is in the form of a parallelogram, thirteen hundred and twenty yards long and seven hundred yards wide. Above this are what were formerly the faubourgs of St. Mary, Annunciation, and La Course; below, Marigny Dounois and Declouet; and in the rear, Treme and St. Johns. The streets of New Orleans are of convenient breadth, well paved, and usually intersect each other at right angles. Canal Street is the broadest, being over one hundred feet in width, with a grass-plot in the centre about twenty-five feet wide, extending throughout its entire length. Most of the buildings are constructed of brick, and are generally low, except in the business portion, where they are usually five or six stories high. The dwellings in the suburbs, many of them, particularly in Lafayette, are surrounded with spacious yards, beautifully decorated with the orange, lemon, magnolia, and other ornamental trees. A basement about six feet high constitutes the only cellar, as none are sunk below the surface on account of the marshy character of the ground. In different sections of the city are several public squares, among which may be mentioned Jackson Square, formerly called Place de Armes, occupying the centre of the river front of the old town plot, now the First District. It is ornamented with shell walks, shrubbery, statuettes, etc., and is much frequented for recreation. Lafayette Square, in the Second District, is finely laid out and adorned with a profusion of shade trees. Congo Square, in the rear of the city, is also a handsome inclosure.

New Orleans is the chief cotton port in the United States. It had a population before the war of about 160,000.

The following descriptions of Forts Jackson and St. Philip, which Commodore Farragut must have taken or silenced, will be read with interest.


Fort Jackson is on the right or west bank of the river, immediately opposite Fort St. Philip, and about twenty-five miles from the head of the passes leading into the Gulf of Mexico. This is a very strong casemated fort, intended to mount one hundred and fifty guns, thirty-one of which were intended to have been barbette. When seized by the rebels it was not complete, and we have no reason to believe it has yet its full armament; but it has, nevertheless, been considerably strengthened by the State authorities, and its complement of barbette guns placed in position. It cost the United States nearly a million of dollars, and is capable of holding six hundred men. Fort St. Philip and Fort Jackson so completely command the Mississippi that no vessel could pass them while they remained in operation.


This fort is situated on the left or east bank of the Mississippi River, about seventy miles below New Orleans. It is a very strong casemated fort, and, with its one hundred and fifty guns, commands the navigation of the river. It was bombarded in 1815 by the British vessels of war, at which time it was commanded by Major Overton, uncle of Thomas Overton Moore, the present Governor of Louisiana. The rebels have put some repairs upon it, and have substituted ten Columbiads for the same number of the old guns, besides otherwise strengthening its defensible position. It has a lower and an upper exterior battery, mounting twenty-eight guns each. The Government paid for its construction two hundred and four thousand dollars, and its armament cost one hundred and two thousand more. It is capable of garrisoning six hundred men, and no doubt now contains at least that number.


International Exhibition, 1862.


Contains the first division of an

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This portion will consist of 200 Illustrated pages (nearly one thousand engravings), and will be continued for eight consecutive months,


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BRIGGS' Corn and Bunion Alleviator, a safe and certain cure for Corns, Bunions, Frosted and Blistered Feet, Sec., 25 and 50 etc., sent by mail. Sold by Druggists. Dr. J. Briggs, Chiropodist, Proprietor, 212 Broadway, N. Y.

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The 8in., or Navy Size, carries a Ball weighing 38 to the lb., and the No. 32, or 4in. Revolver, a Ball 80 to the lb. By recent experiments made in the Army, these Revolvers were pronounced the best and most effective weapons in use. Also,

Ballard's Patent Breech-Loading Rifle.

This arm is entirely new, and is universally acknowledged to be the nearest to perfection of any Breech-Loading Rifle ever made. Length of barrel 24 inches, weight of Rifle 7 pounds. Size of Calibre adapted to Nos. 32, 38, and 44 copper water-proof Cartridges. For particulars call or send for a Circular to

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ENTERPRISING AGENTS ARE DOING well selling DOWNER'S PAT. HEMMER and SHIELD for Hand-Sewing, and other new articles of ready sale. Profits are large. Samples sent free on receipt of the price (25c.). Send 3-cent stamp for price-list and terms. A. H. DOWNER, 442 Broadway, N. Y.

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Mr. GRUMEL has, by articles of attorney, duly authenticated, constituted us his Sole Agents in the United States for the sale of rights, under his Letters Patent, to manufacture and sell, and also for the sale of his celebrated PHOTOGRAPHIC CARD ALBUMS, many beautiful specimens of which can be seen at our galleries.


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For May, 1862.


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