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The Daily Dispatch: May 11, 1864., [Electronic resource], Averill's Raid — Attack at Dublin Depot. (search)
in both. The sea was narrow; the vessels numerous, the fleets actually crossed each other on a certain night; yet Nelson could see nothing of them himself, and heard nothing of them from merchant vessels. In 1805 another Toulon fleet escaped from Nelson. He sought for it in vain in the Mediterranean; then proceeded to the West Indies; then back to Europe, along the coast of Portugal, in the Bay of Biscay, and off the English Channel. But all in vain. When they did meet at last at Trafalgar it was because both fleets were willing to try the issue of a battle. If great squadrons can thus elude the vigilance of an enemy, how much more easily single ships, built for speed, and designed to prey upon the commerce of its adversary. We have seen how for years a few Confederate vessels have foiled the whole naval power of the United States. --Whenever they have come in collision with a Yankee man-of-war they have whipped her, but the cases of collision have been only two in thr