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Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 2., Chapter 6: the Army of the Potomac.--the Trent affair.--capture of Roanoke Island. (search)
for the two nations, it was, pregnant with promises of disaster to the conspirators and their cause. It was so unexpected and discouraging to them and their sympathizers in America and great Britain, who hoped for and confidently expected A. War between the two Governments that would redound to the benefit of the insurgents, that they could not conceal their chagrin and disappointment. They had tried to fan the flame of discord between the Cabinets of Washington and London. In England, Liverpool was the focus of efforts in aid of the rebellion. There the friends of the conspirators held a meeting, Nov. 28, 1861. the meeting was called by the following placard, posted all over the town: Outrage on the British flag — the Southern Commissioners forcibly removed from a British mail steamer. A public meeting will be held in the cotton Salesroom at three o'clock. which was presided over by James Spence, who, for a time, was the fiscal agent of the Confederates and a bitter enemy
Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 2., Chapter 21: slavery and Emancipation.--affairs in the Southwest. (search)
d her, but in vain. She was allowed to depart, with ample assistance, and under false pretenses she was supplied with cannon and other materials of war by an English merchant vessel, in a Portuguese harbor of the Western Islands. When all was in readiness, Captain Semmes and other officers of the Sumter were brought to her by a British steamer, and she left for Cardiff, to coal. Semmes took formal command, mustered his crew, Raphael Semmes. this is from a photograph by Ferranti, of Liverpool, taken in the summer of 1864. and read his commission, duly signed and sealed by the Confederate Secretary of the Navy. A copy of that commission, in blank, is given on the following page. That copy is a perfect fac-simile of the original, a little less than one-third the size. The original was engraved n England, and printed on elegant vellum, and it was much superior in material and execution to the commissions issued by our own Navy Department. The space within the wreath, on the