The Times-Picayune (New Orleans) January 15, 1863
A correspondent of the New York Tunes',' attached to the Department of the Gulf,; writing from Berwick's Bay,1 thus alludes' to the mineral resources of Petite : Anse Island: v".,;,:;;';-;VV: v".,;,:;;';-;VV: v".,;,:;;';-;VV: ; . ';.! V .' - Biaos the war began, the nssessitlss of the people in she Canfadaraxy aavo stimalaud oarcbes for salt, and most unexpected sn coats has crowned their efforta In Western Louisiana. Louisiana. ; Along the Galf eoast bounding this par-tieolar par-tieolar par-tieolar part of the Suae are numbers of Islands. ii watea nse to a considerable net! heiffht tvom eat the low swamp marshes with which tbey are freqasauy attfirondeaY One of these islands, ksowa as Petite aom, and . entirely familiar with the residents of thevidntyas being a place famoos for saline earths, tome out to be a rock of sotid salt, possibly seme two hundred and fifty feet high, .where, the mineral is quarried oot in large pieces resembling resembling cakes of ice. It was these " salt works" that Com. Buchanan some time since, with the gunboats Diana, Kinsman and tha St. Marys, with the 21t Indiana on board, attempted attempted to destroy, the result of which was, the buildings were torn down, bat the vast mine of salt still remain a' The salt spring on this island, as it wrs termed, has been known for years, bat it was not until a few months ago that it was discovered that this suppose! spring was merely the rain-water rain-water rain-water settling in hollows of a solid salt rock. The immense value of . this mine of wealth can scarcely be realised. A million dollars was offered to it owner by a company of persons in the neigh' borboed, but refused. This island of salt potsibly three or foar miles long and one wide, of irregular form, and covered from fifteen to twenty feet with rich soil bears on lie surface surface inuitejse pecan and live oak trees.