ond only to that of Great Britain, in magnitude and importance.
The first decked vessel that had been built in the United States, was built by one Adrian Block, a Dutch skipper, on the banks of the Hudson, in 1614, and in 1860, or in less than twredit of the enemy, and enabling him to carry on the war. Hence it became an object of the first necessity with the Confederate States, to strike at his commerce.
I enlarged upon this necessity, in the interview I was now holding with Mr. Mallory, a hunt up the necessary officers, to accompany me, and make out the proper orders.
And this is the way in which the Confederate States' steamer Sumter, which was to have the honor of being the first ship of war to throw the new Confederate flag to thheir liberties.
The next day, the chief clerk of the Navy Department handed me the following order:
Confederate States of America, Navy Department, Montgomery, April 18, 1861.
Sir:—You are hereby detached from duty as Chief of the Ligh