From The New York Herald
December 12, 1861
We publish today interesting news from Port Royal and Fort Pickens. From the former we learn the Beaufort has been taken possession of, and that the cotton all around is being picked, with a view to its transportation northward.
Beaufort will become a basis of operations against the interior of South Carolina, including Charleston. We further learn that an expedition has sailed from port Royal to take possession of Tybee Island, and make it a basis of operations against Georgia, commencing with Fort Pulaski and ending with the capture of Savannah. Tybee is less then two miles from Fort Pulaski, which can be bombarded thence with heavy siege guns and mortars.
Another base of operations against other rebellious Southern States – Northern Florida and Alabama – will be Santa Rosa Island and Fort Pickens , so soon as the reinforcements sent to General Brown shall have reached their destination. By the intelligence from thence, which we publish today, it will be seen that, while Fort Pickens has not been breached, and has sustained no material injury, the rebel Fort McRae has suffered severely, and Warrington and the greater part of the Navy Yard have been burned.
The Confederate steamer Times, moreover, was disabled by the first shot; and, though Fort Barrancas and their heavy batteries still remain to the rebels undamaged, when a sufficient force arrives to assume the offensive, and to hold the town of Pensacola, there will not be great difficulty in capturing all the works of the enemy and putting him to a precipitate flight, which will afford the best practical comment on the boasting of Bragg.
Thus the news from the Southern coast is of a cheering character, and every intelligent reader will see that the operations in progress are not isolated, unconnected movements, but portions of a plan of campaign which, when fully developed, will reduce the rebels to subjection, and restore the authority of the United States flag from the Potomac to the Rio Grande.
Collection: The Civil War
Publication: The New York Herald
Date: December 12, 1861
Title: Good News From The South