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Portland (Maine, United States) (search for this): chapter 7
o do so. This the conspirators, and their chief supporters North and South, well knew; yet they continued to deceive the people within the Confederacy with false hopes of foreign aid, while they were being robbed of life, liberty, and property by their pretended friends. So persuaded was the Secretary of State that war would certainly be averted, that, with a playful exhibition of his consciousness of the strength of the Republic, he telegraphed Jan. 12, 1862. to the British Consul at Portland, Maine, that British troops that must be sent over to fight the Americans night pass through the United States territory, whilst on their way to Canada to prepare for hostilities! the public mind was just becoming tranquil after the excitement caused by the Trent affair, when its attention was keenly fixed on another expedition to the coast of North Carolina, already alluded to. The land and naval armaments of which it was composed were assembled in Hampton Roads early in January, 1862, rea
West Indies (search for this): chapter 7
put into the port of St. Thomas, and there hearing of the movements of the pirate ship Sumter, he departed on, a cruise in the Gulf of Mexico and among the West India Islands in search of it. At Havana he was informed of the presence and intentions of the Confederate Ambassadors, and after satisfying himself that the law of natioght in for adjudication. This was aimed at American commerce, which was then exciting the envy of the British. To that commerce France had then opened all her West India ports. The order was secretly circulated among the British cruisers, and captures were made under it before its existence was known in London I! For that treacder the shadow of high places, who purchased and held them for a rise ! Orders were issued for a large increase in the naval squadrons on the North American and West India stations, and powerful transports were called for. The great steam-packet Persia was taken from the mailservice, to be employed in carrying troops to Canada. T
Suffolk, Va. (Virginia, United States) (search for this): chapter 7
he position of Secretary of State. the insult was keenly felt, but the despotism of the conspirators was too powerful to allow much complaint from the outraged people. in his Report to General Huger, Wise said Roanoke Island was the key to all the defenses of Norfolk. It unlocked two sounds — Albemarle and Currituck; eight rivers — the North, West, Pasquotank, Perquimmons, little, Chowan, Roanoke. And Alligator; four canals — the Albemarle and Chesapeake, Dismal Swamp, North-West, and Suffolk; two railways — the Petersburg and Norfolk, and seaboard and Roanoke. At the same time it guarded four-fifths of the supplies for Norfolk. Its fall, Wise said, gave lodgment to the Nationals in a safe harbor from storms, and a command of the seaboard from Oregon Inlet to Cape Henry, at the entrance of Chesapeake Bay. it should have been defended, he said, at the expense of Twenty thousand men, and many millions of dollars. the conquest was complete, and Burnside, taking up his quarte
British Isles (search for this): chapter 7
ommon level of all society in England as Chimborazo rises above the common height of the Andes, who comprehended the character of our Government, the causes of the rebellion, and the war it was making upon the rights of man; and with a true catholic and Christian spirit they rebuked the selfishness of the ruling class. Among these, John Bright, the Quaker, and eminent British statesman, stood most conspicuous. In the midst of the tumultuous surges of popular excitement that rocked the British islands in December and January, his voice, in unison with that of Richard Cobden, was heard calmly speaking of righteousness and counseling peace. He appeared as the champion of the Republic against all its enemies, and his persuasions and warnings were heard and heeded by thousands of his countrymen. All through the war, John Bright in John Bright. England, and Count de Gasparin in France, See note 4, page 569, volume I. stood forth conspicuously as the representatives of the true
Croatan Sound (North Carolina, United States) (search for this): chapter 7
, with a narrow channel on each side, called respectively Roanoke Sound and Croatan Sound. This Island, well fortified and manned, presented the only effectual barr and western sides; and upon its narrowest part, between Shallowbag Bay and Croatan Sound, was a strong redoubt and intrenched camp, extending across the road that tvy guns. There were batteries also on the main, commanding the channels of Croatan Sound. vessels had been sunk in the main channel of Croatan Sound, and heavy sCroatan Sound, and heavy stakes had been driven in its waters from the main to the Island, to obstruct the passage of vessels. Above these obstructions was a flotilla of small gun-boats — a eventy vessels, formed on the morning of the 5th of February, 1862. toward Croatan Sound, fifteen of the gun-boats leading, under the immediate command of Rowan, an afterward, a General engagement between the gun-boats and the batteries on Croatan Sound ensued. The Confederate flotilla joined in the fight, but was soon driven
Currituck (North Carolina, United States) (search for this): chapter 7
ans! charge, Zouaves! in honor of this brave and devoted soldier, General Burnside named one of the captured batteries Fort de Monteuil. as among the killed. The number of his prisoners amounted to about three thousand. Many of the troops on the Island escaped to Nag's head, and thence, accompanied by General Wise and the remainder of his Legion, they fled up the coast toward Norfolk. on the 18th of February, Wise issued a characteristic special order no. 1, from Canal Bridge, Currituck County, N. C., informing the public that the flag of Captain O. Jennings Wise would be raised for true men to rally around. the spoils of victory were forty-two heavy guns, most of them of large caliber, three being 100-pounders. New names were given to the forts. Fort Bartow was changed to Fort Foster; Fort Huger to Fort Reno and Fort Blanchard to Fort Parke. the Confederate flotilla was immediately followed Feb. 9, 1862. by Captain Rowan. It had gone up Albemarle Sound thirty or forty
Portugal (Portugal) (search for this): chapter 7
, declaring that Captain Wilkes was not acting under instructions from his Government, but only upon his own suggestions of duty; Captain Wilkes said in a Second dispatch to the Secretary of the Navy, that he carefully examined all the authorities on international law at hand — Kent, Wheaton, Vattel, and the decisions of British judges in the admiralty courts — which bore upon the rights and responsibilities of neutrals. Knowing that the Governments of great Britain, France, Spain, and Portugal had acknowledged the Confederates as belligerents, and that the ports of these powers were open to their vessels, and aid and protection were given them, he believed that the Trent, bearing agents of that so-called belligerent, came under the operations of the law of the right of search. that no orders had been given to any one for the arrest of the four persons named, and that the United States had no purpose or thought of doing any thing which could affect in any way the sensibilities of
Cape Hatteras (North Carolina, United States) (search for this): chapter 7
und secret, left Hampton Roads on Sunday, the 11th of January, 1862. and went to sea. when it was known that the expedition had actually gone out upon th<*> Atlantic at that inclement season, there was great anxiety in the public Stephen C. Rowan. mind. The storm of November, by which Dupont's fleet had been scattered, was vivid in memory, and awakened forebodings of like evil. They were well founded. A portion of Goldsborough's fleet now met with a similar fate off tempestuous Cape Hatteras. Its destination was Pamlico Sound, which was to be reached through Hatteras Inlet. The voyage had been lengthened by a heavy fog on Sunday, Jan. 11. and on Monday night those vessels of the fleet which had not reached the stiller waters of the Inlet were smitten and scattered by a terrible tempest. Four transports, a gun-boat, and a floating battery were wrecked. Among these was the fine steamer City of New York, Captain Nye. It went down in sight of the shore, Jan. 12. with four
her, and perplexed with fears and apprehensions all other nations. the Secretary then announced that the four persons confined at Fort Warren would be cheerfully liberated, and requested Lord Lyons to indicate the time and place for receiving them. The latter ordered the British gun-boat Rinaldo to proceed to Provincetown, Massachusetts, for that purpose, where, on the 1st of January, 1862, the prisoners were delivered to the protection of the British flag. They awere conveyed First to Bermuda, and then to St. Thomas, where they embarked for England, and arrived at Southampton on the 29th of the same month. when the captives could no longer serve a political purpose for the ruling class in great Britain, they sank into their proper insignificance, and, as a General rule, Mason was treated with courteous contempt by the public authorities and cultivated people everywhere. The Liverpool post, imitating the severer example of the London times, the times, in an editorial, said
Shawsheen (Massachusetts, United States) (search for this): chapter 7
, R. D. Renshaw; corn. Perry, C. H. Flusser; Delaware, S. P. Quackenbush; granite, E. Boomer; granite, W. B. Avery; Gen. Putnam, W. J. Hoskiss; Huzzar, Fred. Crocker; Hunchback, E. R. Calhoun; Hetzel, H. K. Davenport; J. Nv. Seymour, F. S. Welles; Louisiana, Hooker; Lockwood, S. L. Graves; Lancer, B. Morley; Morse, Peter Hayes; Philadelphia, Silas Reynolds; pioneer, C. S. Baker; picket, T. P. Ives; rocket, James Lake; Ranger, J. B. Childs; Stars and Stripes, Reed Werden; Southfield, Behm; Shawsheen, T. S. Wood-ward; shrapnel, Ed. Staples; Underwriter, Jeffers; Valley City, J. C. Chaplin; Vidette,---------; White-head, French; young Rover, I. B. Studley. every thing necessary for the peculiar service assigned to the expedition was furnished and arranged. The fleet guns were equipped with ship and field carriages, that they might be used on land or water; and the cannon were mostly of the newest construction. A well-organized signal corps accompanied the expedition, and there were tw
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