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Comte de Paris, History of the Civil War in America. Vol. 1. (ed. Henry Coppee , LL.D.), Book IV:—the first autumn. (search)
bout the middle of the year 1861, with instructions to fit out vessels of war, which, by fraudulently hoisting the Southern flag, should resume the work of destruction which they were unable to continue themselves. The cotton which the secessionists possessed enabled them to obtain the required amount of money to purchase these vessels. Those agents had found in England a favorable reception. Captain Bullock, foremost among them, an able officer, full of resources, assisted by the firm of Fraser & Trenholm, who represented the financial interests of the Richmond government, knew well how to avail himself of these dispositions, and by the end of the year several privateers were preparing to put to sea. We shall speak hereafter of the war they waged against American commerce. The maintenance of the blockade was another and a no less difficult part of the task so suddenly imposed upon the Federal navy. As we have stated above, the blockade, which was proclaimed on the 19th of April