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Raphael Semmes, Memoirs of Service Afloat During the War Between the States 2 0 Browse Search
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ze should come in. The steam-tug, as soon as she had let go her tows, came alongside the Sumter, and a Spanish pilot jumped on board of me, asking me in his native tongue, if I desired to go up to town; showing that my ruse of the Spanish flag had even deceived him. I replied in the affirmative, and said to him, pleasantly, but I am waiting a little, to take back those ships you have just towed down. Diablo! said he, how can that be; they are Americanos del Norte, bound to Boston, and la Nueva York! That is just what I want, said I, we are Confederados, and we have la guerra with the Americanos del Norte! Caramba! said he, that is good; give her the steam quick, Captain! No, no, replied I, wait a while. I must pay due respect to your Queen, and the Captain-General; they command in these waters, within the league, and I must wait until the ships have passed beyond that. I accordingly waited until the ships had proceeded some five miles from the coast, as estimated both by the pi