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hilst the North was almost as strong upon the waters as Great Britain when the last war between England and the United States commenced. Never was England more arrogant in her claims of exclusive dominion to the deep than was the North, so far as Southern pretensions were concerned, two years ago. But she is now beginning to find that it is not on the land alone that Southern prowess and enterprise are to be dreaded. We have the flower of the old navy under the Southern flag — in Maury and Brooks, the most scientific; in Semmes, Maffit, and others, the most chivalric and energetic of naval commanders. Other names will arise, as opportunities are afforded, which will emblazon with new glory the ocean flag of the South. In Semmes alone we have produced a naval prodigy not surpassed since the days of Paul Jones. If a Government and people will but lend their whole energies and resources to the organization of a navy and privateers, we shall drive Yankee commerce from the ocean and in