avy Department for carrying on the war in this important section of the Confederate strongholds had been carried out with a judgment and success which entitled all concerned to the highest praise.
In the latter part of September, 1862, a joint expedition of the Army and Navy was prepared to operate against Franklin, a small town on the Blackwater River.
It was agreed between the military commander, General Dix, and the commander of the gun-boats, that the attack should be made on the 3d of October.
The expedition was under the command of Lieutenant C. W. Flusser, on board the steamer Commodore Perry. Acting-Lieutenant Edmund R. Colhoun commanded the Hunchback.
and Acting-Master Charles A. French the Whitehead.
On the morning of October 3d, 1862, the three above-mentioned steamers got underway and proceeded up the river, which was so crooked and narrow in some places that these vessels, small as they were, could not turn the bends without the aid of hawsers.
At 7 o'clock th
afford better opportunities for obtaining plunder.
Semmes knew how to manage his men, and that it was necessary to amuse them.
Sailors are like children all the world over; and, although they must be governed with a firm hand, it is sometimes advisable to let them think that their wishes are consulted.
Semmes never forgot the lessons taught by mutineers in times past, and he attempted to keep his sailors in a contented frame of mind by occasional concessions.
Early on the morning of October 3d two sails were simultaneously reported from the Alabama's mast-head; but, as both ships were standing in the direction of the cruiser, there was no need to chase.
They were running right into the spoiler's net, and suspected no danger until they were within gunshot, when the Alabama fired a gun and hoisted the flag that had carried such terror to the whale-ships of the Azores.
These vessels were the Brilliant and Emily Farnum, both of New York, and both loaded with grain.
The latter bei