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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)
paymaster of the Sumter was of little consequence one way or another, and whether he was a prisoner, or at large, made not much difference. Semmes tried in vain to procure the release of his officer, for the United States Government had considerable prestige, and was every day growing more powerful. Mr. Secretary Seward was assuming a determined tone to which foreign powers were forced to listen. After much correspondence the unlucky paymaster was released from confinement and placed on parole as a prisoner-of-war. As it was impossible to get to sea, the Sumter was finally laid up at Gibraltar in charge of a midshipman, while Semmes and some of his officers, on the 15th of April, 1862, embarked on board the mail steamer for Southampton, in search of a better vessel with which to renew their depredations on United States commerce. The Sumter became a blockade-runner, and, after the war, terminated her career on some dangerous shoals in the China Sea and all her crew were lost.
speedily republished. It consists of a number of pamphlet speeches, bound together; most of them, as the title-page tells us, published by request. It is a genuine Virginia volume, as the names of the authors, printers, publishers, and the amazingly clumsy appearance of it, prove. These speeches were delivered in the House of Delegates of Virginia, in 1832, by the leading politicians of the State, shortly after the celebrated insurrection, or massacre (as the slaveholders style it) of Southampton — a period of intense excitement, when abolition was the order of the day, even in the stony-hearted Old Dominion. Is slavery a curse? Listen to the answer of Thomas Marshall, of Fauquier, then, as yet, one of the distinguished politicians of Virginia: Thomas Marshall's opinion. Slavery is ruinous to the whites; it retards improvement; roots out our industrious population; banishes the yeomanry of the country; deprives the spinner, the weaver, the smith, the shoemaker, the ca
land, distant about nine miles. At 12:30, observed the Alabama to be disabled and in a sinking state. We immediately made toward her, and, in passing the Kearsarge, were requested to assist in saving the Alabama's crew. At 12:50, when within a distance of 200 yards, the Alabama sunk. We then lowered our two boats, and, with the assistance of the Alabama's whale-boat and dingy, succeeded in saving about 40 men, including Capt. Semmes and 13 officers. At 1 P. M., we steered for Southampton. The Alabama had 9 killed and 21 wounded, including Semmes himself, slightly. Two of the wounded were drowned before they could be rescued. The Kearsarge had three men badly wounded, one of them mortally; This hero, William Gowin, of Michigan, must not fade from his country's memory. Surgeon J. M. Browne reports that, being struck quite early in the action, by a fragment of shell, which badly shattered his leg near the knee-joint, Gowin refused assistance, concealed the extent
g one of the regular mail and passenger lines of the British Royal Mail Steamship Company, running from Vera Cruz, via Havana, to St. Thomas, and thence to Southampton, England. We paid our passage money for the whole route from Havana to Southampton to the British consul at Havana, who acts as the agent or representative of the Southampton to the British consul at Havana, who acts as the agent or representative of the said steamship company, Mr. Slidell being accompanied by his family, consisting of his wife, four children, and a servant, and Mr. Eustis by his wife and servants. The Trent left the port of Havana about eight o'clock A. M. on the morning of the 7th instant, and pursued her voyage uninterruptedly until intercepted by the United l known in Havana that berths were booked for the whole party to proceed by this steamer to St. Thomas, there to join the homeward West India mail steamship for Southampton. They accordingly embarked yesterday morning, trusting to receive the same protection under the English flag which they had already received from that of Spain
ed the secessionists. In relating the capture of the ship to a gentleman at Southampton, he observed that he felt bound to treat the captain and officers with every Navy. The following statement was taken by the Quarantine officer at Southampton, Eng., from the second mate of the Harvey Birch: statement of James Stewart 6 P. M.--I saw the masts go over the side. The Nashville then proceeded to Southampton to land the crew of the Harvey Birch. James Stewart, Second Officer. Prsuch being taken. The steamer steamed up the English channel, and arrived at Southampton at about eight A. M. on the 21st instant, and came to anchor in the river. and I therefore employed a steamtug at my own expense, and landed my crew in Southampton docks between nine and ten A. M., and they were taken charge of by the Uniteervinons. The remainder of the crew, not having signed the above document, were placed in irons until their arrival at Southampton. --London Times, Nov. 23.
Doc. 68.-the steamer Nashville: how she ran the blockade. Petersburgh, March 1, 1862. The confederate States steamer Nashville reached Beaufort, N. C., yesterday morning, at seven A. M., from Southampton, having successfully eluded the blockading steamers at the entrance of the harbor, one of which, the Albatross, it is supposed, fired some twenty or thirty shots at her without effect. She brings about three millions dollars' worth of stores, chiefly for the use of the Treasury and Post-Office Departments. From an officer of the Nashville we gather the following account of the trip: Leaving Southampton at four P. M., on the third of February, within full sight of the Tuscarora, which had but just returned from a six days cruise outside of the harbor, and was then engaged in coaling-up, the Nashville steered for Bermuda, and, after successfully weathering a terrific gale of six days duration, which disabled one of her engines, reached her destination at two P. M., on t
The flag of the American consul at Southampton, England, Capt. Britton, was deliberately hooted at by a detachment of the Royal Engineers, who were marching past his house on the nineteenth of December, 1861. He had hung the usual emblem at half-mast, in observance of the death of Prince Albert, when the company gave three groans as they passed, and many of them pointed their rifles at it, with menacing gestures. Capt. Britton resented the insult in a most spirited manner by making an immediate complaint to the Commander-in-chief. What reparation or apology has been made, we are not yet informed. Philadelphia Press, Jan. 11.
y of State. London times accounts. Southampton, Monday morning. Captain Semmes, fourtee the bills of ransomed vessels were saved. Southampton, Monday. The English steam-yacht Deerhours of the ship destroyed were walking about Southampton and shopping on Monday morning. There appeaew. The telegraph company's express from Southampton was to the following effect. It contains t of the Royal Mersey Yacht Club vessels: Southampton, June twentieth.--The steamyacht Deerhound Captain Semmes visited several shops in Southampton this morning to procure a personal outfit. Another account from Southampton says the Kearsarge had a chain-cable triced along her sides to een officers. At one P. M., we steered for Southampton. I may state that before leaving, the K the letter of your correspondent, dated at Southampton on Monday, and published in the Times of Tudear sir, I received from Captain Semmes at Southampton, where I had the pleasure to see you yester[4 more...]
Henry Morton Stanley, Dorothy Stanley, The Autobiography of Sir Henry Morton Stanley, part 2.13, chapter 2.18 (search)
he may not be offended if I add him amongst my best friends also. It was on his way home from the Ashantee War that the tidings met Stanley, which he accepted and acted upon as a summons to his real life's work. 25th February, 1874. Arrived at the Island of St. Vincent, per Dromedary, I was shocked to hear, on getting ashore, of the death of Livingstone at Ilala, near Lake Bangweolo, on May 4th, 1873. His body is on its way to England, on board the Malwa, The Malwa arrived at Southampton on April 16, 1874. from Aden. Dear Livingstone! another sacrifice to Africa! His mission, however, must not be allowed to cease; others must go forward and fill the gap. Close up, boys! close up! Death must find us everywhere. May I be selected to succeed him in opening up Africa to the shining light of Christianity! My methods, however, will not be Livingstone's. Each man has his own way. His, I think, had its defects, though the old man, personally, has been almost Christ-like
Henry Morton Stanley, Dorothy Stanley, The Autobiography of Sir Henry Morton Stanley, part 2.13, chapter 2.27 (search)
s is realised, a pre-natal vision, embodied in actual existence. Now take up Denzil, look full into his angelic face, and deep down into those eyes so blue, as if two little orbs formed out of the bluest heaven were there, and bless him with your clean soul, untainted by any other thought than that which wishes him the best God can give him. At present, he is of such as are the beings of God's heaven, purity itself.--May he grow to noble manhood and serve God zealously! Stanley left Southampton on October 9, 1897, per Union steamer Norman, for South Africa, to assist in the opening of the Bulawayo Railway, by invitation of the citizens of Bulawayo. October 13th, 1897, on Board. There are several wee things in arms on board, and I shake hands with them all in turns, every morning, as my devoir to our Denzil. The white frocks remind me of him. A baby cries,--there is a child at home, with just such a voice, sometimes; and then he trots into memory's view, looks up brightly,
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