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Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War. 707 3 Browse Search
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 25. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones) 112 0 Browse Search
Jefferson Davis, The Rise and Fall of the Confederate Government 89 1 Browse Search
Raphael Semmes, Memoirs of Service Afloat During the War Between the States 87 5 Browse Search
Rebellion Record: a Diary of American Events: Documents and Narratives, Volume 10. (ed. Frank Moore) 73 1 Browse Search
Robert Underwood Johnson, Clarence Clough Buell, Battles and Leaders of the Civil War. Volume 4. 67 5 Browse Search
James Barnes, author of David G. Farragut, Naval Actions of 1812, Yank ee Ships and Yankee Sailors, Commodore Bainbridge , The Blockaders, and other naval and historical works, The Photographic History of The Civil War: in ten volumes, Thousands of Scenes Photographed 1861-65, with Text by many Special Authorities, Volume 6: The Navy. (ed. Francis Trevelyan Miller) 44 4 Browse Search
Horace Greeley, The American Conflict: A History of the Great Rebellion in the United States of America, 1860-65: its Causes, Incidents, and Results: Intended to exhibit especially its moral and political phases with the drift and progress of American opinion respecting human slavery from 1776 to the close of the War for the Union. Volume II. 37 1 Browse Search
Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 3. 29 1 Browse Search
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place, at your earliest convenience. Your obedient servant, C. M. Conrad, Chairman. Commander Raphael Semmes, Washington, D. C. Here was the sound for which I had been so anxiously listening. the Confederate States:—Despatch received; I will be with you immediately. Respectfully, &c., R. Semmes. The next morning, I repaired, as usual, to the office of the Light House Board, in the Trl deportment towards me. I have the honor to be very respectfully your obedient servant, Raphael Semmes, Commander U. S. Navy. Hon. Isaac Toucey, Secretary of the Navy, Washington, D. C. On tter of this date, is hereby accepted. I am respectfully your obedient servant, I. Toucey. Raphael Semmes, Esq., late Commander U. S. Navy, Washington. A few days previously to my resignation, , on their part, our official intercourse. I am very respectfully your obedient servant, Raphael Semmes. Commander T. A. Jenkins, U. S. N., Secretary Light-House Board, Washington. I left in
ung Bartow of Georgia were present, among others whose names I do not now recall. But few naval officers of any rank had as yet withdrawn from the old service; Rousseau, Tattnall, Ingraham, and Randolph were all the captains; and Farrand, Brent, Semmes, and Hartstone were all the commanders. Of these there were present before the committees, besides myself, Rousseau, Ingraham, and Randolph; Major Wm. H. Chase, late of the engineers of the Federal Army, was also present. Randolph commanded theHon. Stephen R. Mallory, who had been appointed Secretary of the Navy, which branch of the public service had been organized since I had left Montgomery: Confederate States of America, Navy Dept., Montgomery, Ala., March 13, 1861. Commander Raphael Semmes. Sir:—With the sanction of the President, I am constrained to impose upon you duties connected with this Department, in addition to the important trusts with which you are charged; but I do so, upon the express understanding, that the
w 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 increase of rank; and in arranging them on the Navy-list, their old relative rank was also preserved. This rule had two good effects; it did not tempt any officer to come to us
rpreting them, when I had anything of importance to communicate. Before leaving New Orleans, I had, in obedience to a general order of the service, transmitted to the Navy Department, a Muster Roll of the officers, 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 R
motives which influenced me in making a Spanish colonial port, was the fact that these cargoes were claimed by Spanish subjects, whom I was desirous of putting to as little inconvenience as possible, in the unlading and reception of their property, should it be restored to them, by a decree of the Confederate Courts. It will be for your Excellency to consider, and act upon these grave questions, touching alike the interests of both our governments. I have the honor to be, &c., &c., Raphael Semmes. I did not expect much to grow immediately out of the above communication. Indeed, as the reader will probably surmise, I had written it more for the eye of the Spanish Premier, than for that of the Governor of a small provincial town, who had no diplomatic power, and whom I knew to be timid, as are all the subordinate officers of absolute governments. I presumed that the Governor would telegraph it to the CaptainGeneral, at Havana, and that the latter would hold the subject in
and you will not permit anything to be removed from, or disturbed on board of them. You will be pleased, also, to take the examinations of the master, and mate of each of these vessels, before a notary, touching the property of the vessels, and cargoes; and making a copy thereof, to be retained in your own possession, you will send, by some safe conveyance, the originals, addressed to The Judge of the Confederate States District Court, New Orleans, La. I have the honor to be, &c., Raphael Semmes. Señor Don Mariano Dias. During the day, the steam-tug towed down from the town, for me, a couple of lighters, containing about one hundred tons of coal, five thousand gallons of water, and some fresh provisions for the crew. It was necessary that we should prepare for sea, with some dispatch, as there was a line of telegraph, from Cienfuegos to Havana, where there were always a number of the enemy's ships of war stationed. As a matter of course, the U. S. Consul at Cienfuegos h
I went on the quarter-deck, with my son, when they ordered me into the lee waist, with my crew, and all of us were put in irons, with the exception of the two boys, and the cook and steward. I asked if I was to be put in irons? The reply of Captain Semmes was, that his purser had been put in irons, and had his head shaved by us, and that he meant to retaliate. We were put in the lee waist, with an old sail over us, and a few planks to lie upon. The steamer was cruising to the west, and the nors were set, when she displayed the Confederate flag. Being near us, we hove to, and a boat, with armed officers and crew, came alongside, and upon coming on board, stated to me that my vessel was a prize to the Confederate steamer Alabama, Captain Semmes. I was then ordered on board the steamer with my papers, and the crew to follow me with a bag of clothing each. On getting on board, the captain claimed me as a prize, and said that my vessel would be burned. Not having any clothes with me
consisting principally of flour and staves, was burned by Semmes on the 28th of October. She was bound from this port for f lading. Captain Wells' account of the manner in which Semmes disposed of these documents, and which he has verified undAlabama. The papers of the bark were, at the command of Semmes, taken by Captain Wells on board the Alabama. There was noof the vessel. These, of course, were not inquired into. Semmes took first the packet which bore the Portuguese seal, and ing up the British bill of lading and looking at the seal, Semmes called upon Captain Wells, with an oath, to explain. It ws of other nations are involved, and the real character of Semmes and his crew becomes manifest. Some interesting facts anly the property taken, but that which is burned, of which Semmes says he keeps an accurate account. The bills are to be paid by the Confederate Government, which Semmes, who enforces discipline only by terrorism, declares will soon achieve its in
hich she had recently struck. The master of this little vessel, seeing us running down the island, under the United States colors, came off, in one of his boats, to pilot us in, and was apparently quite pleased to find himself on board one of his own gun-boats. He told us all he had heard about the Alabama, and went into ecstasies over our fine battery, and the marvellous accounts of our speed, which some of the young men gave him, and declared that we were the very ship to give the pirate Semmes fits. A terrible collapse awaited him. When I had let go my anchor, I sent for him, and told him who we were. That we were no less than the terrible Alabama herself. He stood aghast for a moment. An awful vision seemed to confront him. His little schooner, and his oil, and the various little ventures which he had on board, with which to trade with the natives along the coast, and turn that honest penny, which has so many charms in the eyes of his countrymen, were all gone up the spout
n the previous day, received a letter from Captain Semmes, informing his Excellency that the gallantgleaned, in addition to the information of Captain Semmes' letter to the Governor, a copy of which whe had been on board of her. His report of Captain Semmes corroborated that given by every one else.quest Captain Boyce was unable to comply. Captain Semmes said that the Florida was also a short disching and playing with a victimized mouse, Captain Semmes permitted his prize to draw off a few yardhe port. We came round the Kloof to visit Captain Semmes on board. As we came, we found the height the British Government. The course which Captain Semmes here proposes to take, is, in the Governor honor to report that I have obtained from Captain Semmes, a statement of the position of the Confedlatter was captured, yesterday afternoon. Captain Semmes asserts, that at the time of his capturinghe distance from shore, which is stated by Captain Semmes, and I have, therefore, come to the conclu[1 more...]
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