In a few moments, the two quarter-boats of the Perry
were alongside, and their crews leaped upon the flyaway's deck; when all remaining mystery as to her character was thoroughly dispelled.
Her men at once stepped forward and surrendered their side-arms; and, perceiving there was no bloodshed, the leaders soon emerged from the cabin, and did likewise.
All were promptly transferred to the Perry
, and returned in her to Charleston
bar; whence they were dispatched, on the 7th, as prisoners, in what had been their own vessel, to New York, where they arrived, in charge of Midshipman McCook
and a prize crew, on the 15th.
They were arraigned and some of them tried as pirates, but not convicted--Mr. Jefferson Davis
, by a letter to President Lincoln
, dated Richmond
, July 6th, declaring that he would retaliate on our prisoners in his hands any treatment that might be inflicted on them.
No answer was returned to this letter; but the privateer's crew were ultimately exchanged, like other prisoners of war.
's rough experience was repeated, two months later, by the Petrel
, formerly the U. S. revenue cutter Aiken
, but turned over to South Carolina
by her officers in the infancy of Secession.
Running out of Charleston
on a cruise, the Petrel
soon encountered the St. Lawrence
, gunboat, and, mistaking her for a merchantman, fired at her as a summons to surrender.
The St. Lawrence at once returned the compliment with a broadside, sinking the Rebel
craft off-hand, with five of her crew.
The residue, thirty-six in number, were sent to Fort Mifflin, on the Delaware
, as prisoners.
Gen. Benj. F. Butler
sailed, August 26, 1861, from Fortress Monroe
, as commander of a military and naval force whose destination was secret.
It consisted of the fifty-gun frigates Minnesota
, Wabash, and Cumberland
, with four smaller national vessels and two steam transports, carrying 800 soldiers, with two tugs laden with supplies; the Naval force under the command of Corn.
. Arriving the second night off the entrance through Hatteras Inlet to Pamlico Sound
, it was found defended
Explanations to the plan of the Bombardment of Forts Hatteras and Clark.
A. United States troops and marines.
B. Masked Batteries.
C. Scouting parties awaiting the bombardment
D. Small Boats.
1. Cumberland. 2. Wabash.
4 and 5.
Susquehanna and Monticello, during the afternoon of the bombardment.
6, 7, and 8. Steamers Pawnee, Harriet Lane, and Monticello, protecting the landing of troops.|