abroad, leaving me here as the only representative of a scheme whose prospects were so inviting and so brilliant.
again wanted Capt. Murdaugh
detailed to command one of three vessels to make an attack on the New England
In a letter to the Secretary of the Navy
, January 10, 1865, Capt. Bulloch
I have long thought that a severe blow might be struck at New Bedford, Salem, Portland and other New England towns by sending from this side ships prepared with incendiary shells and Hall's rockets.
If you will send out Commodore Davidson and Lieut. J. Pembroke Jones and will detail Lieut. Murdaugh, who is now in Europe, these three officers to command the ships, and each having not more than two subordinates of prudence and experience, I think the expedition could be secretly managed in the spring or early summer.
This scheme was never consummated, coming as it did so soon before the termination of the war.
What I have here recorded does not do justice to the naval career of Capt. Murdaugh
That the services he performed do not appear to be brilliant or distinguished, yet nevertheless they were of great value to the Confederacy
Nothing was more vital to the success of the Confederacy
than the securing of guns and ammunition, and this service required a man of intelligence, tact and diplomacy, and was well performed by him.
One thing is certain, no one sacrificed more for his beloved State and Southland than he did; none were more faithful in the discharge of duty, no matter how insignificant the work assigned might have been; no officer in the United States
or Confederate States
navies was braver and his record is one that I believe his city and his State can feel justly proud of.
I thank you for your attention.