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February 20. The battle of Olustee, Florida, was fought this day by the National forces under the command of General Seymour and the rebels under General Caesar Finnegan.--(Doc. 87.) The rebel schooner Henry Colthurst, from Kingston, Jamaica, with a cargo of the munitions of war for the confederate government, and other articles of merchandise, was captured, near San Luis Pass, by the National schooner Virginia.
Robert Underwood Johnson, Clarence Clough Buell, Battles and Leaders of the Civil War. Volume 4., chapter 12.91 (search)
remarked upon the speed we were making, and gracefully saluted me with, Fortune favors the brave, sir! I wished him a pleasant voyage with us; and I am sure he, with his officers and men, received every attention while on board the Alabama. As the reader will see, this was quite in contrast with the treatment received by us from the Kearsarge upon the sinking of the Alabama.--J. McI. K. See also pages 620 and 621.--editors. We paroled the officers and crew of the Hatteras at Kingston, Jamaica, and after repairing a few shot-holes and coaling ship, we passed on to our work in the South Atlantic, taking our position at the cross-roads of the homeward-bound East India and Pacific trade. After a few weeks of good work in that locality and along the coast of Brazil, we crossed over to the Cape of Good Hope, where we played hide and seek with the United States steamer Vanderbilt, whose commander, Charles H. Baldwin, had explained to Sir Baldwin Walker, the English Admiral of the
Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 2., Chapter 22: the siege of Vicksburg. (search)
ting fugitive, and on hailing her was informed that she was the British ship Vixen. Blake was about to send a boat aboard, when the craft was revealed as the pirate ship Alabama. A hot fight ensued, which ended in the destruction of the Hatteras. Her heaviest guns were 32‘s, while the Alabama had a 150-pounder on a pivot, and a 68-pounder. There was a vast disparity in their power. The Hatteras was sunk, but her crew were saved, and the Alabama went into the friendly British port of Kingston, Jamaica, for repairs. Ten days later two National gun-boats (Morning Light and Velocity,) blockading the Sabine Pass, were attacked by two Confederate steamers (John Bell and Uncle Ben) that came down the Sabine. They were driven out to sea and captured, with guns, prisoners, and a large amount of stores. And so when Grant was beginning the siege of Vicksburg in earnest, not a rood of Texas soil was repossessed by the National authority. General Banks began offensive operations immedia
fusely from the rift in her side, threatening her with speedy destruction. The Alabama now working ahead, beyond the range of the Hatteras's guns, Blake ordered his magazine to be flooded, and fired a lee gun; when the enemy afforded assistance in saving our men — the Hatteras going down ten minutes afterward. Her crew--(118, including six wounded)--were transferred to the conqueror; she having had two killed. The Alabama, though considerably cut up, so as to be compelled to run into Kingston, Jamaica, for repairs, had but one man wounded. And no wonder; since the Hatteras's heaviest guns were 32s, while of the Alabama's (9 to our 8), one was an 150-pounder on a pivot, another a 68; and she threw 324 pounds of metal at a broadside to the Hatteras's 94. With such a disparity of force, the result was inevitable. Gen. N. P. Banks, having assumed Dec. 11, 1862. command of the Department of the Gulf, found himself at the head of a force about 30,000 strong, which had been offici
William Tecumseh Sherman, Memoirs of General William T. Sherman ., volume 1, Chapter 1: early recollections of California. 1846-1848. (search)
tional charter giving increased payment if the vessel could catch the October steamer. Folsom chartered the bark La Lambayecana, owned and navigated by Henry D. Cooke, who has since been the Governor of the District of Columbia. In due time this vessel reached Monterey, and Lieutenant Loeser, with his report and specimens of gold, embarked and sailed. He reached the South American Continent at Payta, Peru, in time, took the English steamer of October to Panama, and thence went on to Kingston, Jamaica, where he found a sailing-vessel bound for New Orleans. On reaching New Orleans, he telegraphed to the War Department his arrival; but so many delays had occurred that he did not reach Washington in time to have the matter embraced in the President's regular message of 1848, as we had calculated. Still, the President made it the subject of a special message, and thus became official what had before only reached the world in a very indefinite shape. Then began that wonderful developm
four pounds at u s, which fairly staggered us ; and we returned from our port broadside with two thirty-twos and one thirty pound rifle, all the available force we had at command. Weight thrown, ninety-four pounds; disparity between the two broadsides, two hundred and twenty-four pounds. We struck. the Alabama seven times between wind and water, and thirteen shots above her water-line. The pumps had to be kept going to keel her afloat from the time of our capture until we arrived at Kingston, Jamaica. I will give you an exact account of the battery of the Hatteras, and also of the Alabama: Hatteras.Alabama. Short 32 guns--2700 lbs.,4Long 32s,6 30-pounder rifle-guns,2105-pounder rifle, on a pivot,1 20-pounder rifle-gun,168 double fortified pivot,1 12-pounder howitzer,124-pounder rifle,1    Total,8Total,9 A rebel narrative. confederate States steamer Alabama, January 20, 1863. Esteemed friend: . . . We have at this present seventeen officers and one hundred
made, through the trickery of the Consul at Tangier, of one of the pirate's officers. In his place I was forced to content myself with a man, as paymaster, who shall be nameless in these pages, since he afterward, upon being discharged by me, for his worthlessness, went over to the enemy, and became one of Mr. Adams' hangers-on, and paid witnesses and spies about Liverpool, and the legation in London. As a preparatory step to embracing the Yankee cause, he married a mulatto woman, in Kingston, Jamaica, (though he had a wife living,) whom he swindled out of what little property she had, and then abandoned. I was quite amused, when I saw afterward, in the Liverpool and London papers, that this man, who was devoid of every virtue, and steeped to the lips in every vice, was giving testimony in the English courts, in the interest of the nation of grand moral ideas. This was the only recruit the enemy ever got from the ranks of my officers. To complete the circle of the ward-room, I
s ship; officers and crew seemed to be apprehensive that we would permit them to drown, and several voices cried aloud to us for assistance, at the same time. When the captain of the beaten ship came on board to surrender his sword to me, I learned that I had been engaged with the United States steamer Hatteras, Captain Blake. I will now let Captain Blake tell his own story. The following is his official report to the Secretary of the Federal Navy:— United States' Consulate, Kingston, Jamaica, Jan. 21, 1863. Sir: —It is my painful duty to inform the Department of the destruction of the United States steamer Hatteras, recently under my command, by the rebel steamer Alabama, on the night of the 11th inst., off the coast of Texas. The circumstances of the disaster are as follows: — Upon the afternoon of the 11th inst., at half-past 2 o'clock, while at anchor in company with the fleet under Commodore Bell, off Galveston, Texas, I was ordered by signal from the United Sta<
s invitation, and turning over all the unfinished business of the ship to Kell, we pulled up to Kingston in my gig. Here I found my friend's carriage in waiting, and entering it, we were soon whirled rfect wilderness of tropical vegetation. The sea was in plain sight to the eastward of us, and Kingston and Port Royal lay, as it were, at our feet. With the aid of a fine telescope which my friendand in company with Mr. Fyfe, rode back to the coast. We took a new route back, and re-entered Kingston through a different suburb— stopping to lunch with one of Mr. Fyfe's friends, an English mercharward, far below his former level of slave. I found my gig in waiting for me at the wharf in Kingston, and taking leave of my friend, with many thanks for his hospitality, I pulled on board of my snumber of drinks. Every sea-port town has its sailor quarter, and this in the good old town of Kingston was a constant scene of revelry, by day as well as by night, during the stay of the Alabama's l
tacked, 321, fired, 424, suppressed, 321, 447; defenders, 392, 416, 424, 476, 2.21; defence printed by G., 1.431, tribute from G., 321, 341; begs him to use mild language, 322, meets him at Brooklyn, 341, at Canterbury, 390; thanked by Nat. A. S. Convention, 413, gifts from Scotland, 434; marries C. Philleo, 321; describes Benson family, 424, names their home, 426.—Letters to G., 1.315, 316, 322, S. S. Jocelyn, 1.342, W. P. G., 1.318. Crandall, Reuben, Dr. [d. about Feb. 1, 1838, at Kingston, Jamaica], 1.494. Crawford, William H. [1772-1834], 1.54. Cresson, Elliott [1796-1854], Colon. emissary to England, 1.301, 328, at his own expense, 374; avoids abolition meetings, 355, visits Wilberforce, 328, deceives him, 359, and Clarkson, 303, 363, 364, 388; rebuffed by Clarkson, 364; maligns G. to Thompson, 435; forwards British Colon. memorial, 303; challenged to debate with G., 352, 366, and with Thompson, 371, dodges, 353, 366, 367, pleads ill health, 371; attends G.'s lecture,
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