|At Antwerp — U. S. S. “Niagara” and the fight that was not fought No sooner did it become known that the “Stonewall” was a broad than the Federal vessels in foreign waters began an active search for her. At the very beginning of her cruise she was found to have sprung a leak, however, and put into Ferrol, Spain, for repairs. There, during the first week in February, 1865, the frigate “Niagara” and the sloop-of-war “Sacramento” found her and attempted to blockade her. On March 24th the “Stonewall” steamed out of Ferrol and cleared for action. Commander T. T. Craven, of the “Niagara,” had already notified his Government that in a smooth sea the “Stonweall” would be a match for three such ships as the “Niagara.” Twice when the sea was rough he had stood out and offered battle to the Confederate ram, but Captain Page refused the offer, choosing his own time on a day when the water was as smooth as glass and no slight advantage could accrue to the Federals. Commander Craven was equally determined not to give his antagonist an inexpensive victory and carefully avoided the encounter. The “Stonewall” after flaunting her flag in his face, sailed jauntily off to Lisbon with the intention of crossing the Atlantic and striking a blow at Port Royal and at the cities of the North, hoping thus to revive the waning cause of the Confederacy. Arriving at Havana early in May, Captain Page learned that the war was over, and surrendered his vessel to the captain-general of Cuba.|
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