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Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., chapter 48 (search)
idents on board the Ariel. the Alabama in Gulf of Mexico. Sinks U. S. S. Hatteras. Landing prisoners and refitting at Jamaica. capture of Golden rule, Chastelaine, Palmetto, Olive Jane and Golden Eagle. the sea ablaze with burning vessels. thentemplated attack on Banks' transports. The Alabama received little damage in the fight, and on January 20th arrived at Jamaica, where the prisoners were landed, on parole, to find their way home as best they could. It is but fair to state that threated by their captors, and Lieutenant-Commander Blake was received as a guest in the cabin. The Alabama sailed from Jamaica on the 25th of January, 1863, bound for the coast of Brazil. Captain Semmes had been treated with every possible attention by the British officers at Jamaica, and flattered himself that they implicitly believed in his right to burn, sink and destroy American merchantmen, even if they carried English goods, for the Confederacy would be sure to make amends in her priz
Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 56: commerce-destroyers.-their inception, remarkable career, and ending. (search)
lit in defiance, and, when the watch was called, the officer of the deck was saluted with all manner of skrim-shander. The boatswain was knocked down and hurt by a blow from a belaying-pin, and everything loose was fired aft. The officers and marines with the sober portion of the crew now charged forward, and a terrible melee ensued. Gill knocked a gunner's-mate's jaw out of place, and was laid out by a capstan-bar, and finally the drunken men were secured. * * * * * We now sailed for Jamaica, going into Port Royal, and had a pleasant time. Here something occurred that few knew of. An Irishman called King-post, from his build, being short and thick, was suspected of giving the officers information of the plans of Forest and his mates. He was closely watched and he knew it, but was on his guard. He took his liberty with the others, and, of course, got drunk. Seeing Gill and another man leading a third and going towards the suburbs, I followed, and made out the third man to be