Ran the Blockade
We learned yesterday that two more vessels, the Pet and Heroine, had run the blockade and arrived safely at Wilmington, with valuable cargoes.
Large arrival of coffee
A train of eighteen cars loaded with government coffee, says the Petersburg Express of Saturday, arrived in town yesterday afternoon from the South. This coffee, we learn, reached the country through the blockade at some Southern port, and is now being transported to this State for the benefit of our noble army. There were in all, about twelve hundred sacks, which will no doubt be greeted with enthusiasm by the army.
Yankee Gunboat destroyed
It will be recollected that the Wilmington papers a few weeks ago stated that a violent explosion had been heard below that city, and that it was supposed to have been caused by the blowing up of a yankee gun boat. This supposition is confirmed by late news from the North, by which we learn that the vessel destroyed was the Iron Age, which had got aground and was blown up by her crew to prevent her falling into our hands.
Source: Fayetteville Observer, February 4, 1864 as found on www.ncecho.org