hole failed to burn, it having become moist or wet from the
That was the reason the boat was not fired into, and
among her passengers were seven ladies. The artillerists primed
again, but before they could train the gun on the boat, the
Louisiana passed between the Tylor and the shore, and by the
time she was out of the way, the Tylor was landing at the
wharf-boat, as she had intended to do all along, and all on board
were unconscious of danger until the landing was made, and the
boat was boarded by the Mississippi soldiers.
This was the amiable style in which the secessionists opened
business on the Mississippi Kiver. They haven't any battery at
Vicksburg now to hail and question passing boats!
As soon as possible after the organization of the Confederate
Government, at Montgomery, the Secretary of the Treasury,
Mr. Memminger, issued circulars ordering the establishment of
a Custom-house at Nelms' Landing, on the Mississippi, the first
landing below the Tennessee line, the State of Tennessee not
then having seceded. Memminger's circulars were dated
" Confederate States of America, Treasury Department, Mont¬
gomery, Alabama, February 6, 1861," and entitled:
" Circular of Instructions and Regulations relative to importa¬
tions from places above the Confederate States, by vessels navi¬
gating the Mississippi and other rivers"
These circulars, which are lengthy, were published complete
on the first page of the Daily Commercial, of March 22, 1861.
They fill over two columns. The amount of it is the hot haste
displayed by the rebels to levy tribute upon our commerce on
the Mississippi River, or, as Mr. Memminger calls it officially in
the body of bis circulars, " The River Mississippi."
The third case of firing on our vessels is recorded in the
Savannah Republican of the 2d April, 1861. On the Satur¬
day night previous to that date, the steamer George's Creek,
Captain Willits, from Baltimore, was brought to below the city
of Savannah. The Republican says:
" Two balls were fired at her, one of which passed over her
bow and the other over her stern."
During the first week in April, 1861, a schooner