A lesson to Secessionists.--A thrilling incident occurred when the secession steamer came down to Fortress Monroe
with the refugees from Norfolk
There were several secessionists on board as passengers, under the flag of truce, beside the commander and officers, who were formerly in the well-paid and honorable service of the United States
Soon after she had come alongside the noble old Cumberland
, Commodore Pendergrast
, in full view of the Stars and Stripes on the ship and at Fortress Monroe
, the State of Georgia
came steaming in, with her decks, upper works, wheel-houses, and rigging covered with a fresh arrival of brave Union troops.
She passed close by the Cumberland
, almost jamming in the secession craft, and hiding her little flag under the shadow of the two great vessels.
Then arose such cheers as patriots only can give, rolling along over the waters until they were heard far up along the ramparts of the fortress and the camps of the shore.
The rigging of the Cumberland
was instantly manned in reply, and such vociferous shouts as the Yankee
tars gave back!
It would have made your venerable senior editor's heart grow young again to have heard them.
Then, to crown the whole, the splendid marine band of the Cumberland
struck up with spirit the “Star-spangled Banner,” and played it gloriously as the troops steamed by to the soil of the Old Dominion.
It was a good work for the State of Georgia
to do, and well done for the Empire State
There stood little ex-Lieutenant Hunter
, in command of his small secession craft, with his diminished and dishonored flag cast entirely into the shadow of the Stripes and Stars.
He was one of the most miserable-looking men you ever saw — trotting to and fro over his Lilliputian decks, from wheel-house to wheel-house, now looking here, now there, as if he wanted to find the smallest kind of a knot-hole into which to creep.--Baltimore American, June 15