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Raphael Semmes, Memoirs of Service Afloat During the War Between the States 22 0 Browse Search
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e enemy's coasts. Hence the neglect of the owners of the Bradford, in not providing her with some good English, or Spanish he quartermaster's bag described a few pages back. The Bradford being bound for Puerto Cabello, and that port being but asibility of Yankee privateers chasing them. Taking the Bradford in tow, then, we squared away for Puerto Cabello, but darabout seventy miles to the northward and eastward. The Abby Bradford is the property of citizens of the United States, with ment; and that, in the mean time, I had better take the Abby Bradford and get out of Puerto Cabello, as soon as possible! Thred it. The next morning I sent a prize crew on board the Bradford, and determined to send her to New Orleans. Being loth te, having made nine captures in twenty-six days. The Bradford reached the coast of Louisiana, in due time, but approachible complication with neutrals. Having dispatched the Bradford, we got under way, in the Sumter, to continue our cruise.
sea, he said, and had come on board, to learn whether I would capture him. I told him to make himself easy, that I should not molest him, and referred him to the act of the Confederate Congress, declaring that aa state of war existed, to show him that, as yet, we regarded Maryland as a friend. He went away rejoicing, and sailed the next day. We had, as usual, some little refitting of the ship to do. Off Puerto Cabello, we had carried away our main yard, by coming in contact with the Abby Bradford, and the first lieutenant having ordered another on our arrival, it was now towed off, and gotten on board, fitted, and sent aloft. Sunday, August 4th.—Morning calm and clear. The chimes of the church-bells fall pleasantly and suggestively on the ear. An American schooner came in from some point, up the bay, and anchored well in shore, some distance from us, as though distrustful of our good faith, and of our respect for British neutrality. Being all ready for sea, at half-past 10 A
of my order to Midshipman Armstrong, and a list of the officers and men left on board the ship. A brief summary of the services of the Sumter, and of what became of her, may not be uninteresting to the reader, who has followed her thus far, in her wanderings. She cruised six months, leaving out the time during which she was blockaded in Gibraltar. She captured seventeen ships, as follows: the Golden Rocket, Cuba, Machias, Ben. Dunning, Albert Adams, Naiad, Louisa Kilham, West Wind, Abby Bradford, Joseph Maxwell, Joseph Parke, D. Trowbridge, Montmorency, Arcade, Vigilant, Eben Dodge, Neapolitan, and Investigator. It is impossible to estimate the damage done to the enemy's commerce. The property actually destroyed formed a very small proportion of it. The fact alone of the Sumter being upon the seas, during these six months, gave such an alarm to neutral and belligerent shippers, that the enemy's carrying-trade began to be paralyzed, and already his ships were being laid up, or s
e penetrated only that portion of the State in which the people had always been but lukewarm Southerners, and an indifferent, if not cold, reception awaited him. The result might have been different if he could have made his way into the city of Baltimore, and the more Southern parts of the State. There the enemy was as cordially detested, as in any part of the Confederacy. The Federal Government had, by this time, gotten firm military possession of the State, through the treason of Governor Bradford, Mayor Swann, and others, and nothing short of driving out the enemy from the city of Baltimore, and occupying it by our troops, could enable the people of that true and patriotic city to move in defence of their liberties, and save their State from the desecration that awaited her. Harper's Ferry was captured by a portion of Lee's forces; the battle of Sharpsburg was fought (17th September, 1862) without decisive results, and Lee recrossed his army into Virginia. In the West, Co