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Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 45: the cruise of the Sumter and the havoc she committed. (search)
ustomer, nor be liable to a suit for damages from the United States after the civil war was over. The commander of the Sumter naturally felt despondent over this decision of the Spanish authorities, and it may have influenced him somewhat in his subsequent career, when he burned and sank without much thought whether he was acting according to international law or not. The following is the letter to the Governor referred to above: Confederate States Steamer Sumter, Island of Cuba, July 6, 1861. Sir — I have the honor to inform you of my arrival at the port of Cienfuegos with seven prizes of war. These vessels are the brigantines Cuba, Machias, Ben Dunning, Albert Adams, and Naiad, and barks West Wind and Louisa Killum, property of citizens of the United States; which States, as your Excellency is aware, are waging an aggressive and unjust war upon the Confederate States, which I have the honor with this ship under my command to represent. I have sought a port of Cuba with