ordered to command the Alabama.
the Oreto seized by British authorities, afterwards released.
receives her armament at Grand Key.
the Oreto (Florida) sails for Mobile.
runs through blockading squadron.
runs blockade a second time.
Maffitt lights up the sea.
Semmes joins the Alabama at Terceira.
capture of starlight, ocean Rover, alert, weather-gauge and Altamaha.
capture of the Benjamin Tucker, courser, Virginia and Elisha Dunbar. Navy, with orders to return to England and take command of the steamer Alabama (then known as No. 290). She had been so far secured by the Confederate commissioners that they felt quite certain of getting her to sea.
The Oreto, of which Commander Maffitt had charge, was quite swift, but not so formidable a vessel as the 290.
She had left England unarmed, but with all the arrangements made to mount guns, and with all the appliances below to stow powder
Commander J. Newland Maffitt, C. S.