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as and pleasant skies we made a delightful voyage of twenty days to Nassau, unattended by any other than the ordinary incidents of the ocean twith tropical vegetation, which mark the entrance of the harbour of Nassau. The cargo of the Hero consisting in great part of powder, we werehip's papers and a glass of grog with becoming dignity, returned to Nassau, leaving us ill content to remain all night in the steamer, from wh are free negroes, under the colonial government of Great Britain. Nassau, its only port, was a gay enough little place at the time of my visent. What strikes one most forcibly in the external appearance of Nassau are the violent contrasts it presents to the eye. Nothing is subduehoroughfares. The irrepressible negro asserts himself immensely at Nassau. He seeks, and not altogether in vain, to unite the greatest possieared that she would be obliged to unload a portion of her cargo at Nassau, and thus be detained at that port for several weeks. The news fro
captured. A rebel mail-bag was found on board the blockade runner Calypso, from which the following letters were taken: A Georgia merchant to his Partners. Nassau, Sunday, June 7. Dear brother: . . . If I am not mistaken, some of the blockade-runners will lose a pile of money, as confederate money is becoming at such a dmoney — say seven hundred dollars or eight hundred dollars for one hundred dollars in gold, and my opinion is it will soon be worthless. Yesterday I bought here (Nassau) five hundred dollars in confederate money at four cents on the dollar, and some was sold here for even a greater discount. So you can see what the people here t am confident confederate money will not be worth the paper it is made on, although I may be mistaken. Yours truly, S. B. Jaques. A Richmond Agent's testimony. Nassau, June 8, 1868. William E. Simons, Richmond, Va.: Dear friend: . . . I have not been able to find sale of the bonds, though there have been sales heretofore, b
Robert Underwood Johnson, Clarence Clough Buell, Battles and Leaders of the Civil War: Volume 2., Captain Wilkes's seizure of Mason and Slidell. (search)
tly reached that port from Charleston en route to England. He immediately put to sea, October 26th, with the purpose of intercepting the blockade runner which had brought them out. The commissioners were to have left Charleston by the cruiser Nashville, but their plans had been changed, and the steamer Gordon, otherwise known as the Theodora (Captain Lockwood), had been substituted. They had run the Union blockade successfully during a storm on the night of October 11th, and had arrived at Nassau on the 13th, and at Havana on the 17th. There we ascertained that their plan was to leave on the 7th of November in the English steamer Trent for St. Thomas oil their way to England, and readily calculated when and where in the Bahama Channel we might intercept them. Meanwhile, on the 2d of November, Captain Wilkes continued his cruise after the Sumter along the north coast of Cuba, also running over to Key West in the hope of finding the Powhatan or some other steamer to accompany him to
Robert Underwood Johnson, Clarence Clough Buell, Battles and Leaders of the Civil War. Volume 4., The Confederate cruisers. (search)
she was found by the Niagara and Sacramento, under Commodore T. T. Craven, who took up a position in the adjoining port of Coruña. On the 24th of March the Stonewall steamed out of Ferrol and lay for several hours off the entrance of Corufia; Craven, however, declined to join battle, under the belief that the odds against him were too great, although the Niagara carried ten heavy rifles, and the Sacramento two 11-inch guns. The Stonewall steamed that night to Lisbon, thence to Teneriffe and Nassau, and finally to Havana. It was now the middle of May, and the Confederacy was breaking up; Captain Page therefore made an agreement with the Captain-General of Cuba, by which the latter advanced $16,000 to pay off his officers and men and received possession of the vessel. She was subsequently turned over to the United States, and finally sold to Japan. Another cruiser, the Tallahassee, was originally the English blockade-runner Atlanta, and made two trips from Bermuda to Wilmington in
ting between the governments which we represent and that of the United States, to formally protest against such action, and against any act authorized by you or any authority of the United States that may be in contravention of such treaties. We have the honor to be, General, your most obedient servants, Mejan, Consul of France. Lorenzo Callego, Consul of Spain. Consul of Belgium,Consul of Portugal, Consul of Hanover,Vice-Consul of Italy, Consul of Brazil,Consul of England, Consul of Nassau andConsul of Austria, Brunswick,Consul of Hamburg, Consul of Greece,Consul of Wurtemburg, Consul of Bremen,Consul of Russia, Consul of Sweden andConsul of Denmark, Norway,Consul of Switzerland. On the same day Gen. Butler returned the following reply to the protest: headquarters Department of the Gulf, New-Orleans, May 12, 1862. Messrs.: I have the protest which you have thought it proper to make in regard to the action of my officers towards the Consul of the Netherlands,
several shots at her, Which soon made her heave to, Come up with her, we soon on board Had sent a full prize-crew. They called her the Columbia, The worst thing they could do, For as the name belonged to us, We claimed the steamer, too; She'd Armstrong guns, intended for A battery on shore, But as secesh did not get them, We'll let them hear their roar! I've yet one more to mention, Lavinia she by name, She had run out past the blockade, But we soon blocked her game; She was on her way to Nassau, And our captain thought it best To save her from all further harm, And send her to Key West. Soon after this a steamer came, It was the Magnolia, With orders for us to proceed After the Oreto; But they let her in at Mobile, Or her we should have caught, And, though inferior in strength, Our captain would have fought. To our engineer's exertions Great praise we know is due, And he has thanks, the heartiest, from This steamer's grateful crew; 'Twas by his quiet knowledge And energetic will
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 7. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), Official correspondence of Confederate State Department. (search)
nity, at least to some extent, of acting under your specific instructions upon this matter. The accommodations of the regular mail steamer from Halifax to Bermuda are not very extensive, and it makes only a round trip in a month. The expense of subsisting them here, as well as the liability of men in their condition to be involved in some disturbance when collected in large numbers, renders it very expedient, if thought safe, to send them directly on from Quebec to Bermuda and even also to Nassau. I cannot hear with any certainty as to probable number, but unless I receive instructions which impose upon me other duty by the next steamer from Bermuda, I purpose going in person probably over the whole line as far as Windsor, with a view of making some final arrangements. My impression, derived from some experience already at this place, is, that of the large number who as escaped Confederates are appealing to public sympathy for material aid, there are some impostors — some who hav
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Giddings, Joshua Reed 1795-1864 (search)
rn in Athens, Pa., Oct. 6, 1795. His parents removed to Ohio, and in 1812 he enlisted in a regiment under Colonel Hayes, which was sent on an expedition against the Sandusky Indians. In 1826 he was elected to the Ohio legislature; in 1838 to the United States Congress. While still a young man Giddings was known to be an active abolitionist. In 1841 the Creole sailed from Virginia to Louisiana with a cargo of slaves who, on the voyage, secured possession of the vessel and put into Nassau, Bahama Islands. In accordance with British law these negroes were declared free men. The United States set up a claim against the British government for indemnity. Giddings offered a resolution in the House to the effect that slavery was an abridgment of a natural right, and had no effect outside of the territory or jurisdiction that created it; and that the negroes on the Creole had simply asserted their natural rights. Under the leadership of John Minor Botts, of Virginia, the House censured G
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), West Indies, (search)
West Indies, Islands discovered by Columbus; form a long archipelago reaching from Florida and Yucatan to the shores of Venezuela, South America, separating the open Atlantic from the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean Sea. Three great divisions are recognized in this archipelago: I. Greater Antilles: Cuba, Haiti, Porto Rica, and Jamaica. II Bahamas: Extending from about lat. 20° to 27° N., forming a British colonial possession, few inhabited; Nassau, on Providence Island, the capital. They form a barrier which throws the Gulf Stream upon the Atlantic coast of the United States, thus greatly modifying the climate of the Eastern United States and Northern Europe. Omitting the insignificant islets the Lesser Antilles are: Names.Possessors. III. Lesser Antilles. Leeward Isles. Virgin IslandsBritish, Danish, Spanish. AnguillaBritish. St. Christopher (St. Kitt's)British. St. MartinFrench, Dutch. St. BartholomewFrench. SabaDutch. St. EustatiusDutch. NevisBritish.
ir of patronage very delicately put on, as though they would say, Well, you know we whipped you, but then you did the best you could, and there's an end of it. Among the amusing things that had occurred during my absence in the Jamaica mountains, was a flare-up, which Captain Blake, my prisoner, had had with the British Commodore. The steamer Greyhound had a band of music on board, and as one of the young lieutenants was an old acquaintance of several of my officers, whom he had met at Nassau, he ordered the band on the evening after our arrival, and whilst Captain Blake was still on board the Alabama, to play Dixie; which, I may remark, by the way, had become a very popular air everywhere, as much on account of the air itself, perhaps, as because of its association with a weak and gallant people struggling for the right of self-government. Captain Blake chose to construe this little compliment to the Alabama, as an insult to Yankeedom, and made a formal protest to the British
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