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Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., chapter 48 (search)
rt of the Confederate States, yet the sovereign power of the Confederacy, acting through its authorized agent, had commissioned her as a ship-of-war, which was the most solemn condemnation of the prize. He claimed that no nation had the right to inquire into the antecedents of the ships of another nation. Everybody except the commander-in-chief of the British naval forces was silenced, if not convinced, by this logic, and recognized the Tuscaloosa as a bonafide ship-of-war; but Admiral Sir Baldwin Walker wrote to the Governor: Viewing all the circumstances of the case, they afford room for the supposition that the vessel (Tuscaloosa) is styled a tender, with the object of avoiding the prohibition against her entrance as a prize into our ports, where, if the captors wished, arrangements could be made for the disposal of her valuable cargo. This opinion was overruled, but the British Government instructed the Colonial Governor that he should have detained the Tuscaloosa, Accordingly