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not good, as we afterward found out. On the sixteenth, took ship B. F. Hoxie, bound from California to England. From her we got about one hundred and twenty-five thousand dollars' worth of silver, and burnt in her over fifty tons of silver ore. On the twenty-seventh June, captured schooner V. H. Hill, and bonded her for ten thousand dollars, on condition that she would carry our prisoners, some fifty or more, to Bermuda. Our next prize was the ship Sunrise, eight days from New-York to Liverpool, having a neutral cargo, bonded her for sixty thousand nine hundred dollars; this was on the seventh July. We were now close to New-York; the eighth July we were not more than fifty or sixty miles from that city. About twelve M. this day (eighth) we exchanged signals with an English brig — another sail being reported, started in pursuit, and as the fog cleared up, saw a large steamer lying by her and had sent her boat alongside. We ran down until we saw the Yankee colors flying from her
evenues, show any corresponding falling off in its great. business of fetching and carrying by sea. The receipts from the Liverpool docks, from the Bristol docks, and from all the docks on the island, show larger figures this year than ever before, and that in despite of the very considerable reduction in the rate of charges. Now, this shows plainly enough that while the trade of the South has disappeared, it has been made up from other quarters, and that more ships have been docked in Liverpool and other British ports, since they lost the Southern trade, than ever before. And it is accounted for in this way. By a rather singular coincidence, it so happened that as the markets of all the South were shut off from the world, the harvests of France and England fell short, and the cotton ships were required to fetch bread from the North. As a cotton freighter from the South, the same vessel could not carry more than two cargoes a year, but as a provision ship from the North, she cou
Robert Underwood Johnson, Clarence Clough Buell, Battles and Leaders of the Civil War: Volume 2., Captain Wilkes's seizure of Mason and Slidell. (search)
at England would immediately demand their release, and that our Government would be obliged to accede to this demand. When Mr. Slidell was leaving the side of the Trent, he said to his wife, Good-bye, my dear, we shall meet in Paris in 60 days. If I remember aright, he was but 20 days longer in rejoining her. After the war I had a conversation with Captain Moir, in the presence of an English chaplain, at St. Thomas. Captain Moir was there in command of a large steamer running between Liverpool and Aspinwall, and I was in command of the Susquehanna. Captain Moir invited the chaplain and myself to lunch, and after we were relieved from the presence of the waiters, only we three in the cabin, he then reverted to an interview he had with the British Admiralty on his return to England, whither he had been called from St. Thomas. They were very much disappointed and displeased with him for not having thrown the Trent on our hands, to which he replied (so he said to me) that it never
Robert Underwood Johnson, Clarence Clough Buell, Battles and Leaders of the Civil War. Volume 4., The Confederate cruisers. (search)
rrived in England and established himself at Liverpool in June, 1861. Having satisfied himself as loss of time; but on that very day she left Liverpool, ostensibly on a trial trip, and, after compund for the East Indies. A shipping firm of Liverpool was employed as the intermediary to cover al no further use for the Georgia, sent her to Liverpool in May, 1864, to be disposed of by Bulloch. der Commodore Thomas T. Craven, proceeded to Liverpool, and, learning the proposed destination of t, was projected by the Confederate agents in Liverpool. She was launched on the 7th of March, 1863cions of Mr. Dudley, United States consul at Liverpool, were aroused, and near the end of March Mr.s, and quoted the belief of the collector at Liverpool that the vessels were not intended for the Canding her stores at Nassau she proceeded to Liverpool. Here she was seized by the authorities, anounted his battery and shaped his course for Liverpool, where he arrived on the 5th of November, ha[3 more...]
Robert Underwood Johnson, Clarence Clough Buell, Battles and Leaders of the Civil War. Volume 4., chapter 12.91 (search)
r, John McIntosh Kell. Sailor. The Confederate cruiser Alabama was built by the Lairds, of Birkenhead, England, for the Confederate States Government. In the House of Commons the senior partner of the constructors stated that she left Liverpool a perfectly legitimate transaction. Captain James D. Bulloch, as agent for the Confederacy, superintended her construction. As a ruse she was sent on a trial trip, with a large party of ladies and gentlemen. A tug met the ship in the channelbler set of young men filling the position of officers, and a braver and more willing crew, never floated. As an evidence of their attachment to the captain and the service, I will state that after the sinking of the Alabama, upon our visit to Liverpool, where the crew were paid off, a large deputation of them called upon Captain Semmes, and pleaded with him to get command of another ship the equal of the Kearsarge, promising that they would join him to a man.--J. McI. K. The eleventh day a
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
Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 3., Chapter 16: career of the Anglo-Confederate pirates.--closing of the Port of Mobile — political affairs. (search)
ft London with that name early in October, 1864, as an East Indiaman, armed with two guns, as usual, land cleared for Bombay. A steamer, named Laurel, took from Liverpool a lot of Southern gentlemen (as the historian of the Shenandoah's cruise called them), who had been in the Sumter, Alabama, and Georgia, with an armament and a cah, where-upon only Twenty-three of the eighty men were found willing to become pirates and take the risks of the perilous profession. The remainder returned to Liverpool in the Laurel. the Shenandoah sailed from Madeira to the Southern Ocean, plundering and destroying American vessels whenever opportunity to do so was offered.As long as their workshops were busy turning out arms and munitions of War for our armies in the field, and blockade-runners from Southern ports were arriving at Liverpool and London, laden with the coveted cotton, they were loud in their protestations of sympathy and friendship; but when the hour of adversity came-when there was n
Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., chapter 48 (search)
ld join her. The former then made his way to Liverpool in the steamer Bahama, and found that the 29mander Sernmes, after spending a few days in Liverpool, collecting his officers and making financiae same business. A week after Semmes left Liverpool he was in Porto Praya, where he found the 29r decks had well understood before they left Liverpool that they were to enlist in the Confederate onfined to a statement made by the Consul at Liverpool, of suspicious circumstances connected with It was added that the Customs authorities at Liverpool should endeavor to ascertain the truth of thidavits were delivered to the authorities at Liverpool, one of which, made by a seaman who had been9th. On that day, however, the Alabama left Liverpool, without an armament, and ostensibly on a trbeen immediately apprised of her escape from Liverpool, took no effective measures to arrest the cae English flag. The Chamber of Commerce, in Liverpool, writing to Earl Russell, as late as Novembe[3 more...]
Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., chapter 51 (search)
for what the Confederates had done against the commerce of any other government. There was in the latter part of 1864 a growing feeling in the Federal States against the action of Great Britain, which, though the latter began to pay more attention to its neutral obligations (owing to the strong protests of Mr. Adams, Federal minister at the Court of St. James), still allowed these cruisers to escape to sea; and several ironclad rams, built by John Laird & Co., were preparing for sea, at Liverpool. These rams would, no doubt, have escaped but for the earnest remonstrances of the American minister, who in the most emphatic manner declared to the British Government that, to permit these vessels to depart, would be considered an act of war. Under these circumstances Her Majesty's Government had no difficulty in finding reasons for seizing and detaining the rains, after a three months controversy over the matter. Among the most outspoken of the members of the Federal Cabinet in rega
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