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Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 43: operations of the Mississippi squadron, under Admiral Porter, after the Red River expedition. (search)
ccasions by the Confederates, and one would suppose that only the lowest grade of humanity — men of the basest minds-would embark in such infernal enterprises. But it can be shown that some of the highest personages in the Confederacy were engaged in this business, or, at least, gave their assent to it. not in open, manly fashion, but with the apparent idea that they had no authority to stop it. See the following letters: Confederate States of America, Navy Department, Richmond, September 10, 1863. Sir — Your letter of the 13th July, from Jacksonport, Arkansas, reached me a few days ago. You inform me that a certain part desires to obtain proper authority from the Confederate government to undertake the destruction of gun-boats, transports, etc., for such per centum of the value of the boats destroyed as may be offered, etc. There is no legislation of which I am aware that satisfies precisely the conditions required. The Act of May 6, 1861, recognizing the existence of