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Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., chapter 48 (search)
erely showing his devotion and loyalty to the Republic in a most practical and sensible manner. Semmes also complained that Vanderbilt never redeemed the ransom-bond ; but this was not singular, for the general understanding was tlat these bonds were only to be paid in case the South was successful. On the 23d of December the Alabama joined her coal-ship at Arcas Islands, in the Gulf of Mexico, and prepared to waylay the Banks expedition, which was expected to reach Galveston by the 10th of January. Semmes' plan was to approach the harbor of Galveston at a time when the army transports would probably have arrived, make careful observations of their positions by daylight, and then withdraw until nightfall. He then proposed to run in and attack the fleet under cover of the darkness, and hoped to be able to sink or scatter the whole of them. This was a bold and feasible plan, and no one call deny tlat Semmes displayed great daring in thus bearding the lion in his den, and enteri