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Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 45: the cruise of the Sumter and the havoc she committed. (search)
sted his assistance to reinstate him in the presidential chair of Venezuela; but the Confederate officer declined to play the part of a Warwi4th of July. Curacoa lies but a short distance from the coast of Venezuela. and as both the ports of La Guayra and Puerto Cabello have consto try his hand with Castro's opponent, the de facto President of Venezuela. He thought surely some arrangement could be made with the South will be a convenience to all parties; as well to any citizens of Venezuela who may have an interest in the cargo as to the captors who have tice are of the essence of neutrality, I take it for granted that Venezuela will not adopt it. On the other hand, the rule admitting both in other words, to ascertain if the prize, in which a citizen of Venezuela was interested, would not be permitted to enter the harbor and reonfederacy to deliver the Maxwell over to him until the courts of Venezuela could determine whether or not she had been captured within the m
Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., chapter 48 (search)
nto was an old steam-frigate, under the command of Commander Ronckendorff, carrying a heavy battery, but not able to make more than 7 knots under steam, and Semmes cared no more for her than if she had been an old-fashioned sailing three-decker. Commander Ronckendorff stationed himself just outside of the marine league, and kept a sharp watch on the Alabama, but she escaped without difficulty under cover of the night, and joined her coal-ship at Blanquilla, a little island on the coast of Venezuela. From this point Semmes shaped his course for the Gulf of Mexico, in hopes of overtaking an expedition said to be fitting out under General Banks for the purpose of invading Texas, and, as this expedition was to rendezvous at Galveston, he steered for that port. At the same time, he hoped to make his cruise remunerative by waylaying one of the steamers from Panama carrying gold to the North. He had several weeks to spare, and the idea of levying upon the mail-steamers gave him much pl