Incidents of Hatteras
.--When the first salutations were made between the United States
officers and Commodore Barron
, he asked, “How many were killed on the fleet?”
The answer was, “None.”
“How many were wounded?”
“None,” was the reply.
“Why,” he exclaimed, “you astonish me. I thought that to capture these forts it would cost a thousand lives, and it would be cheap at that.”
When Commodore Barron
and his officers descended to the deck of the flag-ship Minnesota
, where Commodore Stringham
was stationed on the quarter-deck to receive him, Gen. Butler
to the gallant old Commodore
, saying, “Commodore Barron
! Commodore Stringham
The latter, raising himself up to his full height, looked the traitor straight in the eye, and barely inclining his head, replied, “I have seen Mr. Barron
, who has always prided himself on the hauteur monde
, fairly winced under the whole volume of honest sarcasm contained in that look and sentence.
It was a touching sight.
On the one side stood the manly old tar, who will die as he has lived, under that glorious flag that has flung its crimson folds over his head on every sea, waiting to tread the shore and receive the grateful plaudits and loving thanks of a mighty nation.
Opposite to him stood the base traitor who deserted his post in the very hour when his services were most needed by his country.
What must have been the tumultuous emotions in his breast!
Scorned by his former friend of a lifetime, the object of contempt and execration to the humblest coal-passer on a ship where once his proud form and graceful manner had been followed by the devotion of the entire ship's company.
It will be remembered that Barron
sunk the obstructions in Norfolk harbor to prevent the egress of the United States
ships before Virginia joined the rebels
And yet his pitiful plea is that he had to go with his State.
Did he have to steal millions of property from a nation that had fed and clothed him, and heaped honors upon him, and to steal it before his State had made a step towards leaving the Union
?--Phila. Inquirer, Sept