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Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., chapter 48 (search)
y this time become pretty well known in the United States, and Semmes' methods were understood. Ships were heavily insured before sailing, and a shipmaster surrendered his vessel with the satisfaction of knowing that some time in the future his losses would be reimbursed. The ship Manchester, that had now fallen into the Alabama's toils, was a more valuable prize than the Tonawanda, so the latter was allowed to proceed on her voyage, while the former was burned in her place. On the 15th of October the next ship was taken; but Semmes and his officers were very much disappointed when they sat down to breakfast that morning at not having their regular batch of newspapers. This vessel was the Lamplighter, loaded with tobacco, and after the Confederates had taken what they wanted out of her they burned her, and thus approached the coast, leaving a track of flames behind them; while the Federal Government, which had been immediately apprised of her escape from Liverpool, took no effec
Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 51: effects of the fall of Fort Fisher, and criticisms on General Badeau's military history of General Grant. (search)
exclaimed on reading this, Save me from my friends! The military historian does not give his authority for the foregoing statements, but it is certain that, when General Butler reported his return from Wilmington to General Grant, the latter relieved him from command. On the 9th of December, 1864, General Grant telegraphed to Butler at Fortress Monroe. Let General Weitzel get off as soon as possible; we don't want the Navy to wait an hour. Yet the Navy had waited patiently from the 15th of October until the 6th of December, fifty-one days! It will be seen throughout this narrative that we have given General Grant on all occasions credit for the highest military ability, and in this instance we do not desire to take from him one iota of it. We only refer to the revelations made by the military historian, in relation to which General Grant is not responsible. In volume 3, page 390, of his book, the author states that: About the 18th of December, 1864, there was doubtless