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on. Does it warrant the desire on the part of any friend of that dependent race to hasten upon them responsibilities, for which they have shown themselves so unequal? If any shall believe that the sorrow, the suffering, the crime which they witness among the free blacks of the North have resulted from their degradation by comparison with the white race around them, to such I would answer: Does the condition of St. Domingo, of Jamaica give higher evidence? Or, do the recent atrocities in Martinique encourage better hopes? Sir, this problem is one which must bring its own solution. Leave natural causes to their full effect, and when the time shall arrive at which emancipation is proper, those most interested will be most anxious to effect it. But as the obligation is mutual, so must the action be joint; and it is quite within the range of possibility that the masters may desire it when the slaves will object, as was the case when the serfs of Russia refused to be liberated by th
December 5. The Navy Department at Washington received despatches from Capt. Palmer, commanding the U. S. steamer Iroquois, in which he stated that the Government at Martinique refused to give the Sumter coals, but allowed her to come to St. Pierre, where she obtained a supply from English merchants. Capt. Palmer said the officers of the Sumter were treated with great courtesy at Martinique. He stated also that he had a correspondence with the governor relative to belligerent rights, thMartinique. He stated also that he had a correspondence with the governor relative to belligerent rights, the result of which was that the Iroquois was obliged to anchor one marine league from sore while the Sumter was in port. The citizens generally were in favor of the Sumter, and the authorities threw every obstacle in Capt. Palmer's way to prevent his making a prize of her. Owing to the distance which the Iroquois was obliged to keep from the shore, and to the fact that the bay is fifteen miles wide, the Sumter was enabled to escape. The Iroquois followed on her track, but to no purpose, and the
a party of rebels at Blackwater, Va., and dispersed them, capturing a number of tents, rifles, and other implements of war.--James A. Seddon was appointed rebel Secretary of War, to fill the vacancy occasioned by the resignation of G. W. Randolph. Richmond Enquirer. A skirmish took place near Wallen's Creek, Ky., between a small force of the Harlem County State Guard and a gang of rebel guerrillas, in which the latter were routed with the loss of all their camp equipage, including horses, guns, swords, etc.--The first General Council of the Episcopal Church of the rebel States met at Augusta, Ga. The Fiftieth regiment of Massachusetts volunteers, under the command of Colonel Messer, left Boston for the seat of war.--The rebel privateer Alabama succeeded in escaping from the harbor of Martinique.--See Supplement. General Rosecrans, from his headquarters at Nashville, Tenn., issued general orders defining the relations between soldiers and citizens.--General Order No. 19.
Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 45: the cruise of the Sumter and the havoc she committed. (search)
scourtesy shown to the officers of the u. S. Steamer Powhatan. the Joseph Parke captured and burned. capture of the schooner Daniel Trowbridge. the Sumter at Martinique. U. S. Steamer Iroquois Blockades the Sumter. the Sumter escapes. capture of the Arcadia, vigilant, and Ebenezer Dodge. the Sumter crosses the atlantic. arph Parke near the equator. Commander Semmes heard of the presence of the Iroquois, Commander James S. Palmer, in the Caribbean Sea, soon after his arrival at Martinique, and made haste to get away from that place before he should be blockaded by the Federal steamer. The Iroquois was superior in every respect to the Sumter, andeared off the harbor, and sent a boat ashore to the United States consul, after which she steamed outside and kept up a steady blockade until the authorities at Martinique called Captain Palmer's attention to the fact that he was violating the sanctity of neutral waters, and requested him to retire beyond the marine league. The m
Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., chapter 48 (search)
of-war had followed the same tracks, they would have picked up the bold adventurer before lie had been many days at sea. About this time the Alabama was approaching another track of commerce, across which it was intended to run on her way to Martinique, viz., the track of homeward-bound East Indiamen, and the day after getting in the track she fell in with and captured the T. B. Wales, of Boston. Captain Semmes now liberally construed the Confederate prize-law, that No person in the Navy sde them as comfortable as circumstances would permit. About the 16th of November the Alabama sighted the island of Dominica, the first land she had made since leaving Terceira in the Azores. Semmes now put his vessel under steam and ran for Martinique — where he expected to meet his coalship — passed close by the harbor of St. Pierre, to see that there were no United States ships-of-war there, and then into the harbor of Port de France, where he came to anchor. Here the Alabama landed her
Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 56: commerce-destroyers.-their inception, remarkable career, and ending. (search)
go proclaimed them sailors, and nothing else. One of the mates of a whaling-ship we took and burned was a parson-like man, and preached and prayed to his fellows. He was long and lanky, and two of our roughs began to haze him, but they mistook their calling, and in two minutes were so mauled and man-handled that it was reported aft; but the first-officer said it served them right, much to the satisfaction of the honest man between decks. * * * * * * November 18th (1862), we arrived at Martinique and had an ovation ; the exultation of the French over the disasters to Yankee commerce impressed me. A French corvette lying there gave a dinner to the officers. Gill licked two of the Frenchman's petty officers nearly to death, as his share of the entertainment, and our liberty was stopped in consequence. Forest swam on shore that night, and, eluding sharks and look-outs, was hauled into one of the berth-deck ports, with five gallons of the worst liquor I ever drank. It set the entire
Palmer, of the Iroquois, embraces his account of his experiences with the privateer Sumter at Martinique: United States steamer Iroquois, off St. Pierre, Martinique, Nov. 17, 1861. sir: I adteamer arrived, bringing information that the Sumter had just put in on the 9th to Port Royal, Martinique, in want of coals. I had been often led astray by false reports, but this seemed so positivhat I instantly ceased coaling, got my engines together, and was off at 2 in the mid-watch for Martinique, arriving at St. Pierre in thirty-six hours. On turning into the harbor I discovered a suspicivant, Jas. S. Palmer, Commanding U. S. steamship Iroquois. To his Excellency, the Governor of Martinique. Translation. Gouvernement de la Martinique, Cabinet des Gouverneur No. 430, Fort-de-Francich gives her so great immunity, and makes every foreign port her asylum. I was informed at Martinique, that France would regard it as an act of war if I attacked her within the marine league of th
cupied by a fleet, on account of its exposure to the northers. More in detail, the last part of the scheme was this: The Emperor was to assemble his fleet at Martinique under the pretence of blockading Mexican ports,--which would be a mere pretence, for no such blockade would have been of any use. At once upon a declaration of the safety of all. If disobeyed knowingly, they are to be enforced by all the means and power which it is necessary to use. Now the French fleet would come from Martinique, a port whose condition was wretched, and was a condemned one. It was hot weather and the yellow fever was there, and my orders were that every vessel, whetherutting a French emperor over her. Thus we were stabbing her in the back. Soon afterwards I received information that one or more ships of the French fleet at Martinique, under the command of Admiral Reynaud (Fox) of the French navy, were coming to New Orleans. In a little time Admiral Reynaud appeared, bringing a communication
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Civil War in the United States. (search)
ville and were repulsed. General Burnside superseded General McClellan in command of the Army of the Potomac.—9. Town of St. Mary, Ga., shelled and destroyed by Union gunboats.—10. Great Union demonstration in Memphis.—15. Army of the Potomac began its march from Warrenton towards Fredericksburg.—17. Artillery engagement near Fredericksburg. Jefferson Davis ordered retaliation for the execution of ten Confederates in Missouri.—18. Confederate cruiser Alabama escaped the San Jacinto at Martinique.—19. First general convention of The Protestant Episcopal Church of the Confederate States of America met at Augusta, Ga.—25. Confederate raid into Poolesville, Md. A body of 4,000 Confederates attacked Newbern, but were forced to retreat in disorder.—27. Nearly all the political prisoners released from forts and government prisons. Confederates defeated near Frankfort, Va.—28. General Grant's army marched towards Holly Springs, Miss. Confederates crossed the Potomac and cap
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Earthquakes. (search)
ware River, in the southwest, to the Kennebec, in the northeast, a distance of about 700 miles. It occurred at about twenty minutes before eleven o'clock in the morning, and the sky was serene. Pewter and china were cast from their shelves, and stone walls and chimney-tops were shaken down. In some places doors were burst open, and people could hardly keep their feet. There had been an interval of fifty-seven years since the last earthquake in New England. On the same day the island of Martinique, in the West Indies, was threatened with total destruction by an earthquake which lasted eleven hours. On Nov. 18, 1755, an earthquake shock was felt from Chesapeake Bay along the coast of Halifax, Nova Scotia, about 800 miles; and in the interior it seems to have extended, from northwest to southeast, more than 1,000 miles. In Boston 100 chimneys were levelled with the roofs of the houses, and 1,500 more or less shattered. The ends of several brick buildings were thrown down with the chi
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