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Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 7: the Trent affair. (search)
ble enough. It is what the United States would have done under like circumstances. The official document placed Lord John Russell in a more forbearing light than the people of the United States expected of him, for he had the reputation of beingMajesty's Government and remain at your post till you receive further orders. A copy of the first dispatch from Lord John Russell was handed to the Secretary of State, Mr. Seward, by Lord Lyons. Our wily diplomatist and statesman was not in ternment on the first important question that had arisen between it and the United States, and the evident desire of Lord John Russell to humble us in our hour of need before the whole world, did not leave a friendly feeling in the minds of the Amerilaimed redress for an assumption of power on our part which we had no right to exercise, but it was the haste which Lord John Russell was in to push us to the wall, that made the English action so offensive. On the whole this action of Captain Wi
Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 19: battle of the forts and capture of New Orleans. (search)
uns. After a while she slipped off the bank, and was last seen by some of the officers floating down the stream, passing the Mississippi without smoke-stack. I counted nine of the enemy's steamers of all kinds destroyed; all but two being well armed on the bow and stern. Upon the assembling of the fleet at quarantine, I observed, for the first time, that the gun-boats Itasca, Lieutenant-commander C. H. B. Caldwell; Winona, Lieutenant-commander Ed. T. Nichols, and Kennebec, Lieutenant-commander John Russell, belonging to the second gun-boat division, were missing. As they were the three rearmost vessels of the fleet, it was apprehended that the fire of the forts and of the enemy's steamers had been concentrated upon them after the passage of the larger vessels, which had attracted and divided the fire of the enemy while they were in sight. I am happy to report none killed and only two slightly wounded in this brilliant dash of the fleet. The Sciota, next preceded the fleet up
Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., chapter 48 (search)
eon Collins; Lieutenant-Commander, L. A. Beardslee; Surgeon, Wm. M. King; Assistant-Paymaster, W. W. Williams; Acting-Master, J. H. Stimpson; Ensign, E. M. Shepard; Acting-Ensigns, Nicol Ludlow and C. J. Barclay: Acting-Master's Mates, C. R. Haskins, Reuben Rich and John Hetherington; Engineers: Chief, Win. H. Rutherford; Second-Assistants, Geo. W. Melville, M. Knapp and Edmund Lincoln; Third-Assistants, H. D. McEwen, R. S. Stedman and J. A. Barton; Boatswain, John Burrows; Acting-Gunner, John Russell. Sloop-of-war St. Louis. Commander, George H. Preble; Lieutenant Wm. F. Stewart; Surgeon, A. L. Gihon ; Assistant-Surgeon, F. B. A. Lewis; Paymaster, J. S. Post; First-Lieutenant-of-Marines, W. J. Squires; Acting-Masters, J. N. Rowe, Geo. Cables and Allan Hoxie; Acting-Ensign, Hazard Marsh; Acting-Master's Mates, P. W. Fagan, F. L. Bryan and J. H. Langley: Acting-Boatswain. George Brown; Gunner, G. P. Cushman; Carpenter, Daniel Jones; Sailmaker, I. E. Crowell. Ship Onward. Ac
Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 56: commerce-destroyers.-their inception, remarkable career, and ending. (search)
ugh the orders of the Home Government limited the supply of coal to what was supposed to be necessary to enable a Confederate cruiser to reach one of the ports of the Confederacy. From Nassau the Florida proceeded to Barbadoes, where she received on board one hundred tons of coal, in further violation of the orders of the Home Government, which provided that a second supply of coal should not be allowed within three months. Doubtless, the instructions were similar to those issued by Earl John Russell to the British Minister at Washington in the case of the Trent,--one set to be shown to the American Secretary of State, and a second stating the real intentions of the Government. There seemed to be the same desire at Barbadoes as elsewhere to see American commerce destroyed, and, with such a feeling in existence, the chances for the escape of Federal merchant vessels were much diminished. The Florida did not commit such havoc as the Alabama, for in the space of five months she ca