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Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., chapter 48 (search)
he fact was, he was anxious to get rid of his prisoners who were eating him out of house and home. On the morning of the 1st of March the Alabama captured the fine ship John A. Parks, of Hallowell, Maine. Her cargo, consisting of lumber for Montevideo, was. covered by the seals of the British consul, and was as neutral as any cargo could be. But the ship was burned, nevertheless. A large quantity of newspapers were taken from the Parks. which, as they contained many unflattering notices ofe evidence against the neutral ownership of anything on board a prize; so the crew of the Jabez Snow were promptly removed, and the vessel set on fire. On the 2d of June, the Alabama fell in with the clipper bark Amazonian, from New York for Montevideo, with an assorted cargo. Semmes remarks: There was an attempt to cover two of the consiginments in this ship, but the Court of Admiralty decided that the bark being evidently Yankee, the certificates were not worth a cent! So the ship was plu