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Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 3., Chapter 16: career of the Anglo-Confederate pirates.--closing of the Port of Mobile — political affairs. (search)
the Port of Bahia, and then ran into that harbor. There Morris saw with alarm the United States steamer Wachusett, Captain Collins. As a precaution, he anchored the Florida in the midst of the Brazilian fleet, and under the guns of the most powered against the hospitality thus given to the pirate by the Brazilian authorities, to which no attention was paid. Captain Collins determined that the Florida should never put to sea again. He tried to draw her into battle outside of the harbor, er. He failed. She was damaged, but not crippled. There was a little musket firing on both sides, without injury, when Collins demanded the surrender of the Florida. her commander and half his crew were ashore, and the Lieutenant in charge, havingty laws and the rights of Brazil, and Consul Wilson, known to have been implicated in the capture, was recalled, and Captain Collins was suspended and ordered before a court-martial. At the same time, the assumption of the Brazilian Government was