se—as these were represented to be—placed under the command of such officers as Semmes, Maffitt, Brown, Taylor, Jones, Huger, Hartstein, Hamilton, Pegram, and Reid, dngland, irresponsible though she was, paid, at a later date, the penalty of Admiral Semmes's achievements.
In his Rise and Fall of the Confederate Government, Mr. ter my inauguration at Montgomery, he had directed Captain (afterwards Admiral) Semmes, as agent of the Confederate States, to proceed north in order not only to purck for vessels which would serve for naval purposes.
He further states that Captain Semmes was unsuccessful in his errand, and, on his return, reported that he could be used to naval purposes.
Ibid. vol. II. p. 245. This can only refer to Captain Semmes's mission North, in the latter part of February, 1861, and relates, not to hase, or at what time he was sent, though he asserts that it was soon after Captain Semmes had left for the North.
As to the first point, the reader has nothing furt