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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)
apture of the Joseph Maxwell. President Lincoln's proclamation. the Sumter at the island of Trinidad. Semmes' absolute authority. order of the Confederate secretary of war. the Sumter at Cayenited States Government exhibited at that time by almost everything British. The Governor of Trinidad had already received Queen Victoria's proclamation of neutrality, and when Commander Semmes calst calculated to prevent the commission of so heinous a crime. While the Sumter remained at Trinidad she was thronged with visitors; some were sympathizers with the Confederate cause, others were h orders for the Governor to detain the Sumter. On the 25th of August the Sumter sailed from Trinidad bound for Maranham. So far, nothing had been heard of a United States vessel-of-war. The slowt one time Semmes came very near being captured by the Powhatan. He remarks in his journal: At Trinidad the Keystone State lost our trail, and, instead of pursuing us to Paramaribo and Maranham, turn