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Col. O. M. Roberts, Confederate Military History, a library of Confederate States Military History: Volume 12.1, Alabama (ed. Clement Anselm Evans) 1,742 0 Browse Search
Raphael Semmes, Memoirs of Service Afloat During the War Between the States 1,016 0 Browse Search
Frederick H. Dyer, Compendium of the War of the Rebellion: Regimental Histories 996 0 Browse Search
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing) 516 0 Browse Search
A Roster of General Officers , Heads of Departments, Senators, Representatives , Military Organizations, &c., &c., in Confederate Service during the War between the States. (ed. Charles C. Jones, Jr. Late Lieut. Colonel of Artillery, C. S. A.) 274 0 Browse Search
Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 1. 180 0 Browse Search
Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 3. 172 0 Browse Search
Horace Greeley, The American Conflict: A History of the Great Rebellion in the United States of America, 1860-65: its Causes, Incidents, and Results: Intended to exhibit especially its moral and political phases with the drift and progress of American opinion respecting human slavery from 1776 to the close of the War for the Union. Volume I. 164 0 Browse Search
Rebellion Record: a Diary of American Events, Diary from December 17, 1860 - April 30, 1864 (ed. Frank Moore) 142 0 Browse Search
Jefferson Davis, The Rise and Fall of the Confederate Government 130 0 Browse Search
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e from the Federal service, at the proper moment, and was only waiting for that moment to arrive. Although I had been born in the State of Maryland, and was reared on the banks of the Potomac, I had been, for many years, a resident citizen of Alabama, having removed to this State, in the year 1841, and settled with my family, on the west bank of the Perdido; removing thence, in a few years, to Mobile. My intention of retiring from the Federal Navy, and taking service with the South, in the coming struggle, had been made known to the delegation in the Federal Congress from Alabama, early in the session of 1860-1. I did not doubt that Maryland would follow the lead of her more Southern sisters, as the cause of quarrel was common with all the Southern States, but whether she did or not, could make no difference with me now, since my allegiance, and my services had become due to another State. The month of February, 1861, found me still at the city of Washington. The following e
n, into the first sound sleep which had visited my weary eyelids, since I had resigned my commission, and read at the foot of the letter accepting my resignation, my name inscribed as plain Esq. This night-ride, through the burning pine woods of Alabama, afterward stood as a great gulf in my memory, forming an impassable barrier, as it were, between my past, and my future life. It had cost me pain to cross the gulf, but once crossed, I never turned to look back. When I washed and dressed for assembly, I recognized a number of familiar faces. General Howell Cobb of Georgia was the President; Toombs, Crawford, and other distinguished men were there from the same State. Curry, McRae, Robert H. Smith and other able men were there from Alabama. In short the Congress was full of the best talent of the South. It was by far the best Congress that ever assembled under the new government. It was a convention as well as a Congress, since it was charged with the establishment of a Provisi
my request, he was ordered to the ship—Commodore Tattnall, with whom he had been serving on the Georgia coast, giving him up very reluctantly. Seated next to myself, on my right hand, is Lieutenant Robert T. Chapman. This gentleman is from Alabama; he is several years younger than Kell, not so tall, but stouter, in proportion. His complexion, as you see, is dark, and he has jet-black hair, and eyes—the latter remarkable for their brilliancy, and for a twinkle of fun, and good humor. Cha would bend on his signalhalliards, and throw them out to the breeze, one by one, his old eye would glisten, and a grim smile of satisfaction would settle upon his sun-burned, and weather-beaten features. This was our practice also on board the Alabama, and when that ship was sunk in the British channel, in her engagement with the enemy's ship Kearsarge, as the reader will learn in due time, if he has the patience to follow me in these memoirs, we committed to the keeping of the guardian spiri
It was not the generous taking back of a wrong principle, by a high-minded people. The tiger, which had come out of his jungle, in quest of blood, had only been driven back by fear; his feline, and bloodthirsty disposition would, of course, crop out again, as soon as he ceased to dread the huntsman's rifle. Whilst we were strong, but little more was heard of pirates, and piracy, except through Mr. Seward's long-winded and frantic despatches to the British Government, on the subject of the Alabama, but when we became weak, the slogan was taken up again, and rung, in all its changes, by an infuriated people. To return now to the Sumter. Our decks were crowded with visitors, on the afternoon of our arrival; some of these coming off to shake us warmly by the hand, out of genuine sympathy, whilst others had no higher motive than that of mere curiosity. The officers of the garrison were very civil to us, but we were amused at their diplomatic precaution, in coming to visit us in citiz
hs, gave such an alarm to neutral and belligerent shippers, that the enemy's carrying-trade began to be paralyzed, and already his ships were being laid up, or sold under neutral flags—some of these sales being bona fide, and others fraudulent. In addition to this, the enemy kept five or six of his best ships of war constantly in pursuit of her, which necessarily weakened his blockade, for which, at this time, he was much pressed for ships. The expense to my Government of running the ship was next to nothing, being only $28,000, or about the price of one of the least valuable of her prizes. The Sumter was sold in the course of a month or two after being laid up, and being put under the English flag as a merchant-ship, made one voyage to the coast of the Confederate States, as a blockade-runner, entering the port of Charleston. Her new owner changed her name to that of Gibraltar. She was lost afterward in the North Sea, and her bones lie interred not far from those of the Alabama
as being built on the Mersey, to be called theAlabama. My reply to this letter, dated at Nassau, onunication [assigning me to the command of the Alabama] has not reached me; nor indeed has any othermmand of the second ship he was building [the Alabama], I had no alternative but to return to the Cr in time to take most of them with me to the Alabama. In obedience to your order, assigning me arrived. Mr. Stribling's place on board the Alabama will be supplied by Midshipman Armstrong, promatter of some delicacy, and tact, to get the Alabama safely out of British waters, without suspici her anchors. I will cause to be sent to the Alabama, the Sumter's chronometers, and other nautica for an opportunity to return to Europe. The Alabama, I knew, was nearly ready for sea, and it wasy having been appointed to the command of the Alabama, and requesting him to hurry that ship off toon, a midshipman who was to go with me to the Alabama, he was a great favorite with the ladies. He[2 more...]
up the thread again, and bring it down to the commissioning of the Alabama. I shall do this very briefly, barely enumerating the principal mithe Cumberland and Tennessee Rivers, to the heart of Tennessee and Alabama, it was folly to think of holding Bowling Green, with our limited ave brought the thread of the war down to the commissioning of the Alabama, and the reader will see with what forebodings, as well as hopes, on became evident, from the experience we had had, in building the Alabama, and other ships contracted for by the Navy Department, that we co although this was not done until May, 1863, some months after the Alabama was commissioned, I will anticipate the subject here, to avoid thethe Provisional Navy, soon after I hoisted my pennant on board the Alabama. In reviewing these matters, my only regret now is, that the older for the sake of their States. The reader is now in a condition to accompany me, whilst I describe to him the commissioning of the Alabama.
st their temper, when they have spoken of the Alabama, and denounced her as a pirate. In cooler mor. Mallory, did in the matter of building the Alabama—that is to say, he endeavored to build some Alic by Mr. Laird, the gentleman who built the Alabama, and who was the party with whom the Federal ose, now, of Mr. Seward's objection, that the Alabama was foreign-built. The reader will see, in anot true, as we shall see hereafter, that the Alabama violated either the laws of nations, or the ments itself for our consideration is, Was the Alabama properly commissioned by a sovereign power? ruise, having made sixteen prizes in all. The Alabama never flew at such small game as this. Althoste to grow rich by privateering, against the Alabama, as piracy. The rush was not, it seems, to trong bull now which is goring the ox, and the Alabama and her consorts are committing unheard — of his same act when committed by the Sumter and Alabama was barbarous, atrocious! Now let me run a b[8 more...]<
already seen, upon the foreign origin of the Alabama, and it has been objected against her, that h produced ships, the very counterparts of the Alabama, in every particular, foreign origin and all,h them for the legality of the origin of the Alabama, as a ship of war, and justify by their acts,ked, with reference to this passage, that the Alabama, though built in England, was not armed or eqpassing beyond the marine league, whereas the Alabama, when she left the Mersey, was entirely unarms one other point in the legal history of the Alabama, which it is necessary to notice, and to whice forgotten. It has been charged against the Alabama, that her crew was composed mostly of foreign. The reader thus perceives, that if the Alabama enlisted some foreigners to complete her crewhe latter, that he inveigled him on board the Alabama. I will now produce the precedent I spoke I had something of a mixture on board the Alabama, but I think Jones decidedly beat me, in the [2 more...]
himself had endeavored, not only to build an Alabama, but iron-clads in England. But as the war pent, if not unsafe, for the transport and the Alabama to continue to lie alongside of each other; w, and here, for the first time, I visited the Alabama. I was as much pleased with her internal appe perseverance, drawn order out of chaos. The Alabama's battery was on board, and in place, her stohow many of them would engage with me for the Alabama. It is true I had had a talk with some of theled, for the first time, from the peak of the Alabama. The Bahama accompanied us. The ceremony was e Navy, directing me to assume command of the Alabama. Following my example, the officers and crew bright and beautiful, to have dawned upon the Alabama. This is her funeral morning! At the hour wh in her death-struggle. Cherbourg, where the Alabama had lain for some days previously, is connect It is the nineteenth day of June, 1864. The Alabama steams out to meet the Kearsarge in mortal co[22 more...]
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