The value the Confederates attached to the port of Wilmington
was unwittingly betrayed by them soon after Butler's failure, when the Richmond Despatch stated triumphantly that 8,362,000 lbs. of meat, 1,507,000 lbs. of lead, 1,933,000 lbs. of saltpetre, 546,000 pairs of shoes, 316,000 pairs of blankets, 520,000 lbs. of coffee, 69,000 rifles, 43 cannon, and other stores, had been safely im- ported into Wilmington or Charleston by the blockade-runners in the last year, and that cotton to the value of 5,296,000 dollars in specie (or 1,059,0001.) had been exported from Wilmington.