ith her directly to England, and landing her captain and crew at Dover.
Her seizure provoked some newspaper discussion, but its rightfulness was not officially questioned.
The Alabama had already come to grief.
After a long and prosperous cruise in the South Atlantic and Indian oceans, she had returned to European waters, taking refuge in the French port of Cherbourg; when the U. S. gunboat Kearsarge,
So named after a mountain in New Hampshire. which was lying in the Dutch harbor of Flushing, being notified by telegraph, came around at once to look after her. Semmes, however, seems to have been quite ready for the encounter; as he dispatched
June 15, 1864. to Capt. Winslow a request that he would not leave, as he (Semmes) purposed to fight him. Winslow was glad to find their views so accordant, and was careful to heed Semmes's reasonable, courteous request.
The two vessels were very fairly matched: their dimensions and armaments being respectively as follows: