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and he was easily persuaded to attempt an eclat for the Southern Confederacy by a naval fight within sight of the French coast, which contest, it was calculated, would prove the Alabama a legitimate war vessel, and give such an exhibition of Confederate belligerency as possibly to revive the question of recognition in Paris and London.
These were the secret motives of the gratuitous fight with which Capt. Semmes obliged the enemy off the port of Cherbourg.
The Alabama carried one 7-inch Blakely rifled gun, one 8-inch smoothbore pivot gun, and six 32-pounders, smooth-bore, in broadside; the Kearsarge carried four broadside 32-pounders, two 11-inch and one 28-pound rifle.
The two vessels were thus about equal in match and armament; and their tonnage was about the same.
On the morning of the 19th of June, the Alabama steamed out of the harbour of Cherbourg, for the purpose of engaging the Kearsarge, which had been lying off-and — on the port for several days previously.
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om that of Johnston; President Davis agreed with him. Gen. Johnston, in vain, telegraphed to Richmond: I expressly accept taking the offensive — I only differ with you as to details ; but the discussion of details lingered in Richmond, until, when in the month of April the President sent a messenger to Georgia to explain his plans, the opportunity of the offensive was past, the enemy was being reinforced to more than twice Johnston's number, and was only waiting for the signal from over the Alleghanies to commence the On-to-atlanta movement.
On the 1st May, the effective artillery and infantry of the Army of Tennessee amounted to 40,900; the effective cavalry to about four thousand. Gen. Johnston was thus greatly overmatched in numbers; and he had no prospect of compensation, but in superiour skill and strategy But the condition of his army was excellent in every respect, and had been made so by the admirable skill and inspiration he had brought to the work of its regeneration.