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Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., chapter 48 (search)
eadful state of alarm existed on board the Ariel, that the women were all in tears, and many of them in hysterics. They had read in tlhe papers of the doings of the Alabama, and took her officers and crew to be nothing better than pirates; and, indeed, the behavior of the Alabama's men on many occasions justified people in coming to this conclusion, unless it were possible to consider as legal all the decisions of the Admiralty Court which sat in the cabin of the commerce destroyer. Captain Sermmes was not insensible to the distress of his fair captives, and at once took steps to quiet their fears. He sent for his handsomest lieutenant (history does not give his name), and ordered him to array himself in his most gorgeous uniform, and gird on the finest sword to be found in the ward-room. The young man soon returned, looking as bewitching as possible in a uniform that was somewhat tarnished by sea, air, and the Captain ordered his own gig, a. handsome boat fitted with beautiful