mmes slackened the speed of his ship, for he wanted to draw his adversary, whose movements were rather slow, as far as possible from all chances of aid. Lieutenant-commander Blake, who was in command of the latter, soon noticed this manoeuvre, and realized the fact that he was about to fight a desperate battle.
He prepared himsethe moment favorable for commencing the fight, came to a halt at last, but, according to his habit of disguising his flag until the very last moment, he replied to Blake's summons that his vessel was an English man-of-war.
A useless subterfuge, for the Hatteras, which was only within seventy-five yards of the Alabama, had scarcelyFederal gunners do not appear to have shown much skill, for none of their shots caused any serious damage to their adversaries.
At the end of a quarter of an hour Blake, seeing his machinery shattered, his hull pierced at the water-line, and the water pouring in in every direction, was obliged to surrender.
He was received with a