Fort Fisher

Fort Fisher
Fort Fisher, NE Bastion. Frank Vizetelly (National Geographic)

Saturday, January 4, 2014

Letter From Wilmington 18 October 1863-- Part 3

"I saw along the west bank of the river the first rice plantations I have yet come across. They are dismal looking places on which the owners dare not spend a single night for about six months in the year. Rice in the straw is issued down here as forage for horses, and most excellent forage it is. //// The blockade-running still goes on, and there is not a night that does not witness an arrival or departure. A day or two ago the Douro was pursued beached and burned by the Blockaders, but when one meets a like fate 20 come through scat free. //// I was told that the aggregate of sales at the late sale of blockade cargoes amounted to about 5 millions of dollars, and the prices brought were beyond anything ever heard of before. //// ---Old B-Runner

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