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Robert Underwood Johnson, Clarence Clough Buell, Battles and Leaders of the Civil War. Volume 4., The Confederate cruisers. (search)
ipt, instructions were issued by the British Government to detain the rams. Shortly afterward they were seized, a guard was placed on board, and a squadron of the royal navy was detailed to watch them. After a detention lasting several months, the vessels were finally purchased by the Admiralty for the royal navy, on whose list they appeared as the Scorpion and the Wivern. Only one attempt was made to procure ships of war for the Confederates in France. From intimations received by Mr. Slidell, the commissioner at Paris, it was believed that the French emperor would place no obstacle in the way of Confederate operations in France. A contract was therefore made with Arman, an influential ship-builder, of Bordeaux, early in 1863, for four corvettes, and in the following July for two powerful iron-clad rams, each carrying a 300-pounder Armstrong rifle in a casemate and two 70-pounders in a turret. Before the work was far advanced, however,--that is, in September, 1863,--the Unit