Safe in the Mersey.
On the morning of the 6th of November, 1865, the Shenandoah
steamed up the Mersey
, bearing aloft the Confederate
A few moments after she had anchored, a British naval officer boarded her —to ascertain the name of the steamer—and he gave Captain Waddell
official information that the American
war had terminated.
No longer was there any Confederacy!
The Southern States were a part of the United States
The Confederate flag—representing then neither people—nor country—an emblem of an era that had closed in the history of mankind—was then sorrowfully lowered, this historic act taking place at 10 A. M. on the 6th of November, 1865.
The vessel was then given in charge to the British
For a day or two some correspondence was in progress between the British
authorities in regard to the Shenandoah
, her officers and crew.
But on the 8th of November the crew were suffered to depart, and soon the British
government turned the vessel over to the United States
authorities, by whom she was sold to the Sultan of Zanzibar
, and later she was lost at sea.
She was the only vessel that carried the Confederate
flag around the world, and she bore it at her mast head seven months after the surrender of the Southern
armies and the obliteration of the Southern Confederacy.
In her cruise of thirteen months, she ran 58,000 miles, and met with no accident, and for a period of eight months, she did not drop her anchor.
She destroyed more vessels than any other ship of war known to history, except alone the Alabama
, and inflicted severe loss on the commerce of the United States