, 24, and the steamers Pocahontas
, 5, and Powhatan, 11, were returning from Vera Cruz
On the coast of Africa
were the sailing sloops Constellation
, 22 guns each, the store-ship Relief
, 2 guns, and the steamers Mohican
, 6, Mystic, 5, Sumter
, 5, and San Jacinto
The steam frigate Niagara
, 20, was returning from Japan
, and arrived at Boston
No one versed in naval matters can read the above disposition of force without feeling indignant at the fact that it was so placed solely to favor the conspirators.
Those on the coast of Africa
were out of the way of the receipt of orders, as is apparent from the fact that they were issued as soon as possible after the 4th of March, and it was not until the 15th of September that the first of these vessels reached the coast of the United States
To the vessels in the Mediterranean the mails were more accessible; the last of the three steam vessels there reached home July 3, 1861.
The Richmond, 16, Susquehanna
, 15, and Iroquois
, 6 guns, were then available.
The sailing frigate Congress
, 50 guns, and the steamer Seminole
came from the coast of Brazil
, the last-named arriving home August 12th.
From the East Indies
, on December 30, 1861, the steamers Hartford
, 16, Dacotah, 6, and sail sloop John Adams
were en route
. The steamers Pensacola
, 19, fitting out at Washington
, and Mississippi
, 11 guns, at Boston
, should be added as available.
There were some old sailing vessels that might have been put in commission, but those in service were found of so little use that they were laid aside as steam vessels could be obtained.
In rather indifferent condition in the Northern
navy yards were the steam frigates Wabash
, and Roanoke
, of 40 guns each.
These last-named at as early a date as possible were put in commission and sent as a supporting force to vessels blockading