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Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 35. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), The cruise of the Shenandoah. (search)
utilization and adaptation of all the room in her. Captain Bulloch wisely deemed it best that I should thus have all opportunity of familiarizing myself with her, and hit on the plan of letting me join her in London. On the early morn of October 8, 1864, I crawled over her side, at the forerigging, and the ship in a few moments left the dock and went down the Thames. To everybody on board except Captain Corbett, who was in our confidence, I was Mr. Brown, a super-cargo, representing the ow, with judicious caution and Captain Corbett's assistance, I possessed myself of much information that served a good purpose afterwards. No one on board suspected anything out of the usual course. By preconcerted arrangement, on the same October 8, 1864, the propeller steamer Laurel, J. F. Ramsay, Confederate States Navy, commanding, sailed from Liverpool for Havana, with passengers and general cargo. The Laurel was to call also at Madeira and get there sufficiently ahead of the Sea King t