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The Annals of the Civil War Written by Leading Participants North and South (ed. Alexander Kelly McClure), The capture of Mason and Slidell. (search)
conduct of the officers of the San Jacinto. The San Jacinto had cruised during the fall months on the west coast of Africa, bearing a roving commission, and keeping a bright lookout for the privateer Sumter. The cruise had not resulted in anything of practical benefit, either in the way of prize-money to the crew or service to the government, and the 1st of October beheld her steering for the Spanish Main, with her crew and officers in fine spirits and eager for adventure. Touching at Cienfuegos, news was received that Mason and Slidell had passed out of Charleston in the blockade-runner Theodora, and had reached Havana. This was on the 23d of October, and orders were at once given to coal ship. The order was executed with dispatch, and on the 23th of the same month the San Jacinto was again in blue water shaping a course for Havana. I am afraid that the honor of suggesting the capture of Mason and Slidell must be awarded to our boatswain, J. P. Grace. On the evening of Octob
July 14. Advices were received at New York, that the privateer Sumter arrived at Cienfuegos, Cuba, on the 6th of July, carrying in as prizes the brigs Cuba, Machias, Naiad, Albert Adams, Ben Dunning, and the barks West Wind, and Louisa Kilham. She also fell in with the ship Golden Rocket off the Isle of Pines, which was set fire to and burned, after taking off the officers and crew. Captain Semmes, of the Sumter, sent an officer ashore with a letter to the Governor of the town, who telegraphed to the Captain-General at Havana for instructions. The steamer left the next day, having received a supply of coal and water. All the prizes were taken a short distance from the shore.--Philadelphia Press, July 15. The rebel forces under General Robert S. Garnett, formerly a Major in the United States Army, while retreating from Laurel Hill, Va., to St. George, were overtaken to-day by Gen. Morris, with the Fourteenth Ohio and the Seventh and Ninth Indiana Regiments. When withi
August 6. All the bills which passed both Houses of the Congress of the United States, were approved by President Lincoln, who yielded a reluctant approval of that for the confiscation of property used for rebellious purposes.--(Doc. 159.) The brigs Naiad, Machias, and Ben Dunning, seized by the privateer steamer Sumter, near Cienfuegos, arrived at New York. They were released by order of the Spanish Government, and sailed with others as far as Cape Antonio, under convoy of the U. S. steamer Crusader.--Official advices from the Gulf squadron state that, on the 4th of July off Galveston, the United States steamer South Carolina captured six schooners; on the 5th, two, and ran one ashore; on the 6th, one, and on the 7th, one-making in all eleven sail destroyed or captured. The names of the captured vessels are the Shark, Venus, Ann Ryan, McCaulfield, Louisa, Dart, Covalia, Falcon, George Baker, and Sam. Houston. A portion of them had cargoes, chiefly of lumber. Among othe
mmediately after, Major Sturgis ordered a movement toward Springfield, and the whole force fell back in good order. McCulloch made no pursuit. The national loss was 800 in killed and wounded. Though the rebel loss is not known, it is thought to have been very large, as the national artillery fire was remarkably accurate.--(Doc. 175.) The Spanish Minister announced to the Secretary of State at Washington, that the seven American vessels captured by the pirate Sumter and carried into Cienfuegos, had been discharged by order of the Spanish Government.--Washington Republican, August 11. To-day Lieutenant Budd, commanding the steamer Resolute, cleared out one of the rebel depots on the Potomac. It has been known for some time that the Herring Creek on the Maryland side, and Machodock Creek opposite on the Virginia side, were the depot for Maryland recruits to the rebel army in Virginia. The Resolute having approached within 300 yards of the shore of the creek, was fired on wi
Robert Underwood Johnson, Clarence Clough Buell, Battles and Leaders of the Civil War: Volume 2., Captain Wilkes's seizure of Mason and Slidell. (search)
ers (Charles Scribner's Sons), Professor J. R. Soley sums up her career thus: During her cruise she had made 17 prizes, of which 2 were ransomed, 7 were released in Cuban ports by order of the Captain-General, and 2 were recaptured. Apart from the delays caused by interrupted voyages, the total injury inflicted by the Sumter upon American commerce consisted in the burning of six vessels with their cargoes. Editors. Captain Wilkes immediately determined to search for the enemy. At Cienfuegos, on the south coast of Cuba, he learned from the United States consul-general at Havana that Messrs. Mason and Slidell, Confederate commissioners to Europe, and their secretaries and families had recently reached that port from Charleston en route to England. He immediately put to sea, October 26th, with the purpose of intercepting the blockade runner which had brought them out. The commissioners were to have left Charleston by the cruiser Nashville, but their plans had been changed, and
Robert Underwood Johnson, Clarence Clough Buell, Battles and Leaders of the Civil War. Volume 4., The Confederate cruisers. (search)
This steamer, formerly the Habana, of the New Orleans and Havana line, was altered into a ship-of-war in April and May, 1861, and, under the command of Captain Raphael Semmes, escaped from the Mississippi early in July, after an unsuccessful chase by the Brooklyn, which was at the time blockading the mouth of the river. Her cruise lasted six months, during which she made fifteen prizes. Of these seven were destroyed, one was ransomed, one recaptured, and the remaining six were sent into Cienfuegos, where they were released by the Cuban authorities. In January the Sumter arrived at Gibraltar, where she was laid up and finally sold. The Confederate Government early recognized that in order to attack the commerce of the United States with any hope of success it must procure cruisers abroad. For this purpose it sent several agents to Europe. The foremost of these was Captain James D. Bulloch, of the Confederate navy, who arrived in England and established himself at Liverpool in J
Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 45: the cruise of the Sumter and the havoc she committed. (search)
uisa Killum, and Naiad. the prizes taken to Cienfuegos, and released by order of the Spanish author burn, but taking them in tow he steamed for Cienfuegos, in order to test the disposition of the Spaestination. On arriving off the harbor of Cienfuegos two more sail were descried from the Sumter,of Massachusetts. They had left the port of Cienfuegos three hours before, and their cargoes of sugd the prize-masters directed to stand in for Cienfuegos light-house and lay — to until morning. Tonfederate steamer and joined the others off Cienfuegos. When the sea-breeze set in, Semmes stood iegitimate business. Semmes was treated at Cienfuegos with all due courtesy, and hobnobbed with thl and provisions from his neutral friends at Cienfuegos, departed from that port on the 8th of July promptly informed of all his transactions at Cienfuegos. Five of the fast steamers purchased for thg and sinking. Having been well received at Cienfuegos, he calculated on meeting similar treatment [6 more...]
Machias, both of Maine also. They were laden with sugars. I sent them to Cienfuegos, Cuba. On the 5th day of July, I captured the brigs Ben. Dunning and Albert Ad in New York and Massachusetts. They were laden with sugar. I sent them to Cienfuegos. On the next day, the 6th, I captured the barks West Wind and Louisa Kilha Rhode Island, and Massachusetts, and laden with sugar. I sent these also to Cienfuegos. On the same day I ran into Cienfuegos myself, reported my capture to the Cienfuegos myself, reported my capture to the authorities, and asked leave to have them remain until they could be adjudicated. The Government took them in charge until the Home Government should give directionsred vessels. Accordingly, the vessel's prow was turned in the direction of Cienfuegos, Island of Cuba, where we arrived on the 6th. Six of the prizes were left at owered by her original crew, which was not transferred to the Sumter. Left Cienfuegos on the 7th, and on the 9th saw the high hills of the Island of Jamaica. On J
Rebellion Record: a Diary of American Events: Documents and Narratives, Volume 3. (ed. Frank Moore), Doc. 68. operations of the Gulf fleet. (search)
stood to the S. W. They both claim to be English vessels. The first, the Ezilda, was cleared for Matamoras, by T. O. Sullivan, of Cork, Ireland, and the log is signed by him, but it appears he left her before she sailed, and when captured by us she was cornmanded by an ex-United States Naval officer, Wm. Anderson Hicks, of Mississippi, who resigned from the Naval Academy at Annapolis, in March last, and was an officer on board the Sumter when she left the Mississippi. He had carried into Cienfuegos several prizes taken by the Sumter, and when we took him he was on his way home via Havana. He had as passenger Mr. Baddendoff, a merchant of New Orleans, whom I have determined to let go on his parole. The crew list of the Ezilda contains not one Englishman, and taken in connection with the fact that he had contrived to get so far off his course — over four hundred miles--against adverse winds, not to mention the cargo so entirely contraband of war — a list of which is herewith sent — I<
f Cape St. Antonio, and heard that the Sumter had sent another prize, the Joseph Maxwell, into Cienfuegos on the 7th of August. In consequence of this intelligence we sailed for Cienfuegos, keeping cCienfuegos, keeping close into the land, and communicating with all the vessels we met. On the 19th arrived at Cienfuegos; sent a boat in to communicate with the consul; found the Joseph Maxwell in his possession; obtaineCienfuegos; sent a boat in to communicate with the consul; found the Joseph Maxwell in his possession; obtained all the information required; and coasted along the southeastern shore of Cuba, chasing and communicating with all the vessels we saw. Some of these were Americans, and were sure that the Sumter hadcape from the Brooklyn, or had the Niagara followed her up, instead of stopping the pursuit at Cienfuegos, the Sumter would long before this have been captured; but there was a great want of intellige Maxwell; the former recaptured by the Powhatan, the latter given up to the American consul at Cienfuegos. It was said in Maranham that the captain of the Sumter had made arrangements with the Gove
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