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Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., chapter 48 (search)
er a press of sail. Not until the Alabama got up steam did she gain on the chase, and it was only after many hours that the Confederate vessel overhauled and captured her. On this occasion the Alabama, for the first time, hoisted the new flag of the Southern Confederacy, a white ensign with cross and stars, rather a handsome flag and a great improvement on the original banner of secession, although it could have little effect in sustaining a declining cause. The prize was the Contest from Yokohama, with a light cargo of Japanese goods consigned to merchants in New York. The two vessels were anchored in fourteen fathoms in the open sea with no land visible, and it was after night-fall before the crew and plunder of the prize were removed to the Alabama. Then the torch was applied to the captured vessel, and the little plunderer sailed away in search of other victims. Semmes now turned the Alabama's head to the eastward, and passed through Carimata Strait in five days, although ve