ommencement of this war has Confederate valor been more gloriously illustrated.
Inferior as she was in weight of metal, with a hole through her boiler, exposed in a condition comparatively defenceIess to an enemy greatly her superior in weight of metal, and fitted out especially to capture her, she fought as long as she could float.
To have prolonged a contest so unequal for an hour and three quarters would have been sufficient to have immortalized any sea captain that ever lived.
Neither Nelson nor Decatur ever did more.
Besides, we have the Captain and a large part of his crew still, and we can manage to get another ship for them.
But the exultation of the cowardly, sneaking Yankees, their loud boasting, their spread eagle, fourth-of-July newspaper rant, are what is likely to prove most annoying to us. They boast that they have a navy of five hundred vessels, and yet they will exult over the capture of this one ship as loudly as though they had sunk the whole marine of England,