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Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 35. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), The cruise of the Shenandoah. (search)
ey can and will do. They were called together; there was but one unanimous sentiment from each and every one, take the ocean, and so it was, be it ever said with credit to them, and to the zeal and courage of the now lamented Waddell, we did take the ocean, as we were, and steered clear of Teneriffe and every other port not in our cruise. Let those who hear the sequel judge of the wisdom of the decision. The battery consisted of four eight inch smooth bore guns of 55 cwt., two rifled Whitworth 32-pounder guns and the two 12-pounder signal guns belonging to her as a merchant ship. The two vessels parted company at 6 P. M., October 20, 1864, and left the Desertas, we on our southerly course and the Laurel for Teneriffe, to report progress. Every officer and man pulled off his jacket and rolled up his sleeves, and with the motto do or die went to work at anything and everything. The captain took the wheel frequently in steering to give one more pair of hands for the work to be d