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	       Bedloe�s Island.
  10.  Thursday.   To the Battery by 10, there
waiting for a chance to get to Bedloe�s Island.
The harbor presented a most animated appearance;
there were 11 American, 1 British, 1 Brazilian and
2 French war-steamers, 1 Hamburg mail-steamer,
and over 30 square-rigged vessels in sight, beside
sloops and schooners.  Presently got rowed to the
island and spent a couple of hours there.

[newspaper clipping: first column]
	Affairs on Bedloe�s Island.
THE GARRISON AND THE REBEL PRISONERS.
  Bedloe�s Island�known to our forefathers by a
more ominous title, and the scene of the legend em-
bodied in Washington Irving�s quaint and ghastly
story of �Guests from Gibbet Island��is, as most
New Yorkers are aware, one of the minor military
d�p�ts of our harbor, situated near the Jersey
shore, directly opposite to Communipaw, that
�nest-egg, whence was hatched our mighty
city.�  According to tradition and our most kindly
and delightful of humorists, it, in conjunction with
its smaller neighbor, Ellis�s Island, was �brought
into existence about the time of the great
irruption of the Hudson, when it broke 
through the Highlands and made its way to
the ocean, in which tremendous uproar of waters
many huge fragments of rock and land were rent
from the mountains and swept down by the run-
away river for sixty or seventy miles, where some
of them ran aground on the shoals, just opposite
Communipaw, and formed the identical islands in
question, while others drifted out to sea and were
never heard of more��a contingency characterized
by the satirical historian as appertaining to a very
remote era, �probably before that rivers had lost
the art of running up hill.�  He adds, also, �that
Gibbet Island was originally nothing more nor less
than a wart on Anthony�s nose.�  It comprises
about seventeen acres in extent, has a strong but
old-fashioned quadrangular fort, situated in a fosse,
upon it, and, at the northern extremity, an hospital.
  Fort Wood (its title) is at present commanded by
Captain Clinton, United States army, a gentleman

[newspaper column: second column]
who has seen service in Mexico.  His garrison
consists of one hundred of the United States sol-
diers captured by the Confederates in Mexico, who
were sent North upon taking an oath not to fight
against the South�the blindingness of which, con-
sidering that it was extorted under duresse, ad-
mits of some question.  This command was, on
Wednesday, reinforced by thirty-eight men. The 
fort itself, hitherto insufficiently armed, is now
supplied daily with cannon.  It will mount fifty-
seven in all.
  Contrary to the general impression, no southern
prisoners had, until Friday, been consigned to
Bedloe�s Island.  There are now one hundred of
them, recently transported from Governor�s Island,
where upwards of seven hundred remain, for the
most part incarcerated in Castle William.  Seventy-
five of the number on Bedloe�s Island were imme-
diately conveyed to the hospital, the remainder be-
ing accommodated in the quarters occupied for
some time during the summer by the Fire Zouaves,
within the fort.  Those at the hospital are sick of
the measles, the itch and the scarlet fever.
  All access to prisoners, whether officers or pri-
vates, is strictly prohibited on both islands, Colo-
nel Loomis, commanding on Governor�s Island,
being a sever disciplinarian in such matters.  His
zeal has probably received an additional stiumulant
in the escape of one prisoner, who, availing himself
of the useful little steamer, which plies to and fro
between Governor�s Island, and the Battery, at-
tempted successfully a visit to this city, and up to
the present time has not returned.

[Gunn�s diary continued]
  Clinton, a red-faced man, not in uniform, es-
corted me through the fort and round the island;               
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