Statistics for occurrence #1 of “Captain Stellwagen” in chapter 33 of Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War.:
...e of never underrating a foe.
After the Palmetto State struck the Mercedita she swung round under the latter's counter, and the Confederate commander called out, Surrender, or I will sink you!
Captain Stellwagen replied, I can make no resistance, my boiler is destroyed.
Then, do you surrender?
inquired the other.
I do, replied Stellwagen.
The Confederate commander hailed several times for a boat...
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