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d being presented at the Tacon theatre, by the ladies of the Secession States, with a splendid Confederate flag. Messrs. Slidell, Mason and suite were still at Havana, boarding at the Hotel Cubana, kept by Mrs. Brewer. One of our officers visited the hotel with some of his friends, and met Mr. Mason in the parlor. We learned from our Consul-General, that the Confederate Commissioners were waited upon by H. B. M. Consul, Mr. Crawford, in full dress, and officially introduced by him to Capt.-Gen. Serrano, of Cuba. When Capt. Wilkes heard of their intention to take passage in the British packet for Europe, he conceived the bold plan to intercept the British mail steamer, and in the event of these four persons being on board, to make them prisoners. We filled up with coal in great haste, took in provisions, (as a part of our daily rations for the crew were exhausted,) and left Havana on the 2d inst. On the 4th, in the morning, a steam gunboat being in sight from the masthead, we all wer
to the island of Cuba, and ran into the harbor of Cardenas for aid. The crew was reduced to one fireman and two seamen, and eventually the captain was prostrated by the fever. The governor of Cardenas, under his view of the neutrality proclaimed by his government, refused to send a physician aboard, and warned the steamer that she must leave in twenty-four hours. Lieutenant Stribling, executive officer of the ship, had been sent to Havana to report her condition to the captain-general, Marshal Serrano. That chivalrous gentleman, soldier, and statesman, at once invited the ship to the hospitalities of the harbor of Havana, whither she repaired and received the kindness which her forlorn situation required. On September 1, 1862, the vessel left Havana to obtain a crew; to complete her equipment, which was so imperfect that her guns could not all be used, the vessel was directed to the harbor of Mobile. On approaching that harbor she found several blockading vessels on the station,
1. Secession, 3. Division of Southern sentiment, 4. Sectional rivalry, 12. Acquisition of power by one section, cause of trouble, not slavery, 136-37. Seddon, J. A., 339, 345, 418, 474. Sedgwick, General, 309, 310, 435-36. Selma (gunboat), 173. Semmes, General, 301, 307, 377. Admiral Raphael, 210, 235, 550, 565. Preparation of the Sumter for action, 206-07. Description of the Alabama, 211. Captain of the Alabama, 211-16. Loss of the Alabama, 216. Semple, —, 589-90. Serrano, Marshal, 218. Seven Pines, Battle of, 101-06, 133. Seward, William H., 220-21, 227, 244, 321, 403, 404, 406, 407, 417, 521. Extracts from letter to Francis Adams concerning cotton exports, 288-89. Seymour, Governor of New York, 413, 414. Correspondence with Gen. Dix concerning conscription, 411-12. Extract from letter concerning military usurpation of civil liberties, 421-22. Sharkey, William L., 635. Sharpsburg, Pa., Battle of, 279-80, 281-87. Shenandoah (ship), 221, 237, 593.
The Daily Dispatch: April 13, 1861., [Electronic resource], The Spanish expedition to St. Domingo. (search)
sident, Gen. Santana, issued a proclamation which sets forth the desires of the people on the subject. H. E., the Captain-General, has allowed, that in accordance with the wishes of the people and government of St. Domingo, troops and men-of-war should go there; but the Captain-General submits the whole matter to H. M. the Queen for decision, giving the asked for assistance temporarily and conditionally. These men-of-war, with the land and naval forces granted for St. Domingo by Gen. Serrano, left port on the 30th, under the immediate command of the Admiral of the Navy, Gen. Rubalcaba, and we expect shortly to hear that Her Majesty, Queen Isabel, has accepted the offers of the people of St. Domingo, and that the once beautiful Island of Hispaniola will soon form a new, rich and prosperous-portion of Spain, adding a third brilliant jewel to the Spanish crown in the Antilles. The expedition above referred to, so far consists of five vessels, H. C. M. steamers Blanca, Blasc
A large concourse of our most respectable people escorted them to the wharf and accompanied them on board ship from their quarters in the Hotel Cubano, kept by Mrs. Sarah E. Barrow, of Tennessee, which is the headquarters of "Dixie" in Cuba. Col. Chas. J. Helm arrived here by a British steamer on the 21st inst., from Europe, and was greeted by thousands of his old friends, and made comfortable, at the above named hotel. To him the palace doors are open, and the warmest friendship of Serrano greets him, cheers him in his duty, and confirms him in social estimation and position. We are not aware of the cause of his being here, but whatever interests he may represent, they could not be entrusted to any one more competent to do them and his country perfect justice. As soon as it was known that he was in town his hotel was crowded by his friends to welcome him. He arrived on the evening of the presentation of a flag by Mrs. Norris (of Louisiana) to the commander of the steam
South, and all goes blythe as a marriage bell. I do not know whether he has funds or credits provided by the Confederate States, but he finds money in abundance to pay all his agents for good services. Shufeldt does nothing in uttering lies to Serrano or to his government that Helm is not instantly informed of, and if he dispatches a steamer to intercept his messengers, he provides means for the safety of his documents and defeats their miserable management of corrupt material. His bearenot instantly informed of, and if he dispatches a steamer to intercept his messengers, he provides means for the safety of his documents and defeats their miserable management of corrupt material. His bearer of dispatches may be arrested, but his letters will not be taken. General Serrano is provided with a synopsis of all military news from verified data and facts, so that the mischievous bulletins of the Northern press, their wire victories, are deprived of the electric evil intended.
in which the Plenipotentiaries of the Allied Powers could not come to an understanding, General Prim announced his determination to re-embark with his troops, and applied to the Captain-General of Cuba to send him the necessary transports. marshal Serrano, after having consulted with the civil and military authorities of Havana, did not think proper to accede to the application, and requested General do Gassett to return to Mexico and assume the command of the Spanish expeditionary corps, in s for the interest of the colony that a strong and stable government should be established in Mexico, in order to prevent that country from falling into the hands of the Americans who would make it the basis of their operations for hereafter gaining possession of the Antilles, and particularly of Havana. Marshal Serrano, it is said, supports the prayer of the petitioners.--An aid-do-camp of the Marshal has arrived in Europe, from Havana, on his way to Madrid, charged with a special mission.
paniard,) you will readily understand that I could not support this esculent change of the political system of this Country if a prince of the Austrian monarchy was to be imposed on it. The Allies came here bound by the Convention of London and we could not deport- it without placing ourselves in the wrong. I withdraw, then my troops, and go to Havana to await the orders of my Government. Yours, &c., Prim. [From the Ge- official organ May 20. ] General Prim, -ning Marshal Serrano's refusal to place ships of-war at his disposal to convey his troops back to Havana, chartered a number of merchant vessels. The enthusiasm of the French soldiers was extreme. All the reinforcements from Martineque, Guadeloupe, and France had arrived, with about stores, and artillery. The monarchist party had made Gen. Almonte their Chief. Five Generals had recognized his authority, placed themselves and their troops at his disposal, and declared the deposition of Juartz. As soon