for the Confederates were slow in conferring increased rank until sure that their officers had earned a reward.
The following order from Mr. Mallory was sent to Semmes the day after his interview with that gentlemen:
Confederate States of America, Navy Department, Montgomery, April 18, 1861.
Sir — You are hereby detached from duty as Chief of the Light-house Bureau, and will proceed to New Orleans and take command of the steamer Sumter--named in honor of our recent victory over Fort Sumter.
The following officers have been ordered to report to you for duty: Lieutenants John M. Kell, R. T. Chapman, J. M. Stribling and William T. Evans; Paymaster Henry Myers: Surgeon Francis L. Galt; Midshipmen Wm. A. Hicks, Richard F. Armstrong, Albert G. Hudgins, John F. Holden and Joseph D. Wilson.
I am respectfully, your obedient servant, S. R. Mallory, Secretary of the Navy.
On the 22d of April, Semmes took command of his vessel in New Orleans.
The Sumter was simply a coasting