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Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 45: the cruise of the Sumter and the havoc she committed. (search)
the greatest injuries from the United States Government. We can understand that a man may be led by his sympathies and the persuasion of his friends to embark in a bad cause, but there should be enough of humanity in him to cause him to feel regret at deserting tile flag he had professed to love for so many years. Semmes was not received at Cadiz with that consideration he thought lie had a right to expect, and after some correspondence with the authorities was ordered by a dispatch from Madrid to proceed to sea within twenty-four hours; but after consideration the Sumter was allowed to go into dock for repairs and Semmes was permitted to land his prisoners, who were making serious inroads on his provisions. He met with no encouragement at Cadiz. In the eyes of the Spaniards the secession movement was a mere political outbreak, in which Spain was not concerned. Part of the Sumter's crew deserted while the vessel was in dock. Semmes' money had given out; he could not purchase