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Raphael Semmes, Memoirs of Service Afloat During the War Between the States 16 0 Browse Search
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f a few hours more brought us up with the American bark Parker Cooke, of, and from Boston, bound to Aux Cayes, on the south side of the island of St. Domingo. If the Cooke had been chartered, and sent out for our especial benefit, the capture couldssariat was beginning to run a little low, and here was the Cooke provision-laden. We had found, by experience in the Sumterl nature was sinking to repose, we applied the torch to the Cooke. As we filled away, and made sail, I could not but morals upon Northern commerce. The papers captured on board the Cooke were full of lamentations. Our pious brethren did not confI heard again from the New York Chamber of Commerce, by the Cooke. My friend, Low, was still lamenting over his lost ships. at Britain for supplying the Confederate States! The Parker Cooke made a beautiful bonfire, lighting up the sea and land north side of Jamaica. I transferred the prisoners of the Cooke to her, and released her on ransom-bond. My original order
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 34. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), Prison reminiscences. (search)
heal. Finally I was advised by Dr. Herndon to have it cut out. He said, however, that the operation could not be safely performed in the prison on account of a tendency to gangrene. I obtained permission to go to Sandusky for the purpose. I was given a parole. I went to the leading hotel in the city. There I met—strange coincidence—with Mr. Merritt Todd and his wife, both natives of my own county, Isle of Wight, Va., friends of my father in their early days, with their granddaughter, Parker Cooke, then about fourteen years of age. Their home before the war was in Norfolk. Mr. Todd had established a large and lucrative business in curing hams in Cincinnati where he owned valuable real estate. To prevent the confiscation of his property he made Ohio the State of his residence during the war, and was at this time in Sandusky. Nothing under the circumstances could have added more to my happiness than thus to be thrown in intimate intercourse with these friends. I reported to the