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Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 7: the Trent affair. (search)
ify ourselves; and when in like cases on the part of England we had placed her in the wrong in the war of 1812, and retaliated on her so severely that she was glad to invoke peace. In the mean time Messrs. Mason and Slidell were confined in Fort Warren (in Boston harbor), as close prisoners. The excitement in England was intense, and all those who entertained ill feelings against the United States and her institutions were not slow in manifesting them. The British Government took the munsels finally prevailed; and it was determined by the Federal Government to give up Messrs. Mason and Slidell to the representatives of the British Government authorized to receive them, and instructions were sent to the commanding officer at Fort Warren to place them on a small steamer and have them delivered on board a British war steamer then lying at Provincetown. The Commissioners and their suite were conveyed in this steamer to the island of St. Thomas, and thence by the colonial stea
Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 56: commerce-destroyers.-their inception, remarkable career, and ending. (search)
termined to cut out the revenue-cutter Caleb Cushing, from the harbor of Portland, Maine. In this design he was successful; the vessel was surprised by the boats of the Archer and carried by boarding. The people on shore hastily manned and armed several steamers, and followed the Caleb Cushing to sea. As Read saw that he must be overtaken, and that he could make no successful resistance. he set fire to the Cushing and attempted to escape in his boats, but was captured and imprisoned in Fort Warren. This was a remarkable raid and showed great gallantry on the part of Lieutenant Read, although the presence of a single Federal gun-boat, under an intelligent captain, would have nipped the whole scheme in the bud. As it was, Read's capture was due to the courage of private citizens, who did not know what force the Confederates had outside to back them. After the affair was settled, gun-boats flocked in from the North Atlantic Squadron in pursuit of the raiders, but too late to be of