the destruction of the pirate ‘Alabama
,’ by the ‘Kearsarge,’ near Cherbourg, France
The commander of the ‘Kearsarge’ was John A. Winslow
, U. S.
N., a citizen of Roxbury, Mass.
The ‘Kearsarge’ returned to Boston
shortly after the engagement, and the ship, officers, and crew received a hearty welcome.
The authorities of the city of Boston
extended a public reception to Commander Winslow
, the officers, and crew of the ship; and Governor Andrew
caused the Adjutant-General
to issue a general order
, from which we make the following extract:—
The Commonwealth also desires to express its admiration of the conspicuous gallantry of this distinguished citizen of Massachusetts, and his brave companions; and its gratitude for the result of the brilliant exploit which recalls the deeds of our naval heroes now canonized in history, and has rendered the name of the “Kearsarge” as precious to the memory of every American patriot as those of the “Constitution,” and the “United States.”
It is therefore ordered, that a national salute of thirteen guns be fired upon the Common in honor of Commander Winslow, his officers, and men, as they pass with their escort.
Captain Lucius Cummings, commanding First Battery of Light Artillery, M. V.M., is charged with the execution of this order.
The merchants of Boston
also gave Commander Winslow
, and the other officers of the ‘Kearsarge,’ a public dinner, to which Governor Andrew
was invited, but was prevented from attending by pressing official duties.
On the 14th of November, the Governor
wrote to George B. Upton
, of Boston
, informing him of his inability to attend the dinner, saying,—
I regret very much that I am unable to accept the invitation; not alone on account of the personal pleasure I should take in uniting in any such testimonial of regard for Captain Winslow, but also, and especially, on account of my cordial sympathy with the significance of the occasion of celebrating one of the most satisfactory triumphs of our flag.
On the 19th of November, the Governor
wrote to Assistant-Secretary Harrington
, that there was an application somewhere on file in the Treasury Department for the appointment of