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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)
d abuse which had been heaped upon their persons by their late copartners for a generation or more. What generosity could be expected by his foes from an intelligent man holding such sentiments as these? At daylight next morning two sail were reported in sight ahead, which proved to be two American brigantines. The Sumter hoisted the Confederate flag, ran alongside and captured the vessels, both of which were loaded with sugar and molasses belonging to neutrals, and both bound from Trinidad de Cuba to English ports. These vessels Semmes did not venture to burn, but taking them in tow he steamed for Cienfuegos, in order to test the disposition of the Spanish authorities towards the Confederacy. France and England had issued proclamations forbidding the introduction of prizes to their ports, but Spain had not yet spoken, and Semmes hoped the Spanish officials might have different views. The vessels together being more than the Sumter could tow, the prize-master of the Cuba was or