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Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 45: the cruise of the Sumter and the havoc she committed. (search)
en: Confederate States of America, Navy Department, Montgomery, April 18, 1861. Sir — You are hereby detached from duty as Chief of the Light-house Bureau, and will proceed to New Orleans and take command of the steamer Sumter--named in honor of our recent victory over Fort Sumter. The following officers have been ordered to report to you for duty: Lieutenants John M. Kell, R. T. Chapman, J. M. Stribling and William T. Evans; Paymaster Henry Myers: Surgeon Francis L. Galt; Midshipmen Wm. A. Hicks, Richard F. Armstrong, Albert G. Hudgins, John F. Holden and Joseph D. Wilson. I am respectfully, your obedient servant, S. R. Mallory, Secretary of the Navy. On the 22d of April, Semmes took command of his vessel in New Orleans. The Sumter was simply a coasting steamer, cumbered with upper cabins, and with apparently none of the attributes of a ship-of-war. Who would imagine that so much harm lurked in that frail vessel? though her graceful lines and jaunty air pleased h
Confederate States of America, Navy Department, Montgomery, April 18, 1861. Sir:—You are hereby detached from duty as Chief of the Light-House Bureau, and will proceed to New Orleans, and take command of the steamer Sumter (named in honor of our recent victory over Fort Sumter). The following officers have been ordered to report to you, for duty: Lieutenants John M. Kell, R. T. Chapman, John M. Stribling, and Wm. E. Evans; Paymaster Henry. Myers; Surgeon Francis L. Galt; Midshipmen, Wm. A. Hicks, Richard F. Armstrong, Albert G. Hudgins, John F. Holden, and Jos. D. Wilson. I am respectfully your obedient servant, S. R. Mallory, Secretary of the Navy. Commander Raphael Semmes. The reader will observe that I am addressed as a commander, the rank which I held in the old service. The Navy Department, in consultation with the President, had adopted the rule of accepting all the officers who chose to come to us from the old Navy—as the Federal Navy began now to be called —without<
ficers, and men, serving on board the Sumter. Her crew, as reported by this roll, consisted of ninety-two persons, exclusive of officers. Twenty of these ninety-two persons were marines—a larger guard than was usual for so small a ship. The officers were as follows: Commander.—Raphael Semmes. Lieutenants.—John M. Kell; Robert T. Chapman; John M. Stribling; William E. Evans. Paymaster.—Henry Myers. Surgeon.—Francis L. Galt. 1st Lieutenant of Marines.—B. Howell. Midshipmen.—William A. Hicks; Albert G. Hudgins; Richard F. Armstrong; Joseph D. Wilson. Engineers.—Miles J. Freeman; William P. Brooks; Matthew O'Brien; Simeon W. Cummings. Boatswain.—Benjamin P. Mecasky. Gunner.—Thomas C. Cuddy. Sailmaker.—W. P. Beaufort. Carpenter.—William Robinson. Captain's Clerk.—W. Breedlove Smith. Commissions had been forwarded to all the officers entitled to receive them, and acting appointments had been given by me to the warrant officers. It will
e had some neutral cargo on board, and this I had no right to destroy. I resolved, therefore, to send her in; not to the Confederate States, for she drew too much water to enter any, except the principal ports, and these being all blockaded, by steamers, it was useless for her to make the attempt. The following letter of instructions to her prize-master, will show what disposition was made of her. Confederate States steamer Sumter, at sea, July 27, 1861. midshipman and prize-master Wm. A. Hicks:— You will take charge of the prize bark, Joseph Maxwell, and proceed, with her, to some port on the south side of the island of Cuba, say St. Jago, Trinidad, or Cienfuegos. I think it would be safest for you to go into Cienfuegos, as the enemy, from the very fact of our having been there, recently, will scarcely be on the look for us a second time. The steamers which were probably sent thither from Havana in pursuit of the Sumter must, long since, have departed, to hunt her in
-of-war Sumter, sailed on Saturday, last on a cruise, having ran the paper blockade of Lincoln-Abolition war steamers off the mouth of the Mississippi. As she has now made a good offing, and is far out on the ocean wave, we hope soon to hear of some dashing exploits in the way of captures. She has a picked crew, and her commander is known to be a most brave and chivalrous sailor, and he has under him a most gallant set of officers. The following is the list: Commander, Raphael Semmes; Lieutenants, John M. Kells, R. F. Chapman, W. E. Evans. J. M. Stribling; Paymaster, Henry Myers; Passed Assistant Surgeon, Francis L. Galt; Lieutenant of Marines, Becket K. Howell; Midshipmen, Richard F. Armstrong, Wm. A. Hicks, A. G. Hudgins, J. D. Wilson; Gunner, Thos. C. Cuddy; Sailmaker, M. P. Beaufort; Engineers--1st Assistant, acting as chief, Miles J. Freeman; 2d Assisstant, W. P. Brooks; 3d Assistants, Matthew O'Brien and Simeon W. Cummings. She has a crew of 65 men and 20 marines.
Washington Gossip. Washington, July 9. --It is stated here that Gov. Hicks, of Maryland, reports that the Secession feeling is strong on the Eastern Shore, and he wants Federal troops to protect the Union men there. The Cabinet had a consultation to-day with Gen. Scott about sending troops to that portion of Maryland, but the result is not known Mr. Valiandigham declared, in the Democratic caucus last night, that he preferred peace to the preservation of the Union. Col. Taylor has arrived in Washington with a flag of truce. A thousand rumors are a float in reference to his mission, but it is believed that it refers to an exchange of prisoners. It is stated that Gen. Scott is in hourly expectation of intelligence of a battle between Generals Patterson and Johnston, at Edwards' Ferry The Government has sent reinforcements When the courier left for assistance two Federalists were dead. At Buckhannon, Capt.Barrett's company, of the Ninth Ohio Regime