We shall only allude to their names in this place in connection with the incidents of which they were the occasion.
The refusal of the English authorities at Gibraltar to allow the Sumter to supply herself with the coal she needed to resume her cruise at the end of 1861, had decided Captain Semmes to convert that vessel into a blockade-runner in order to find another ship for himself.
This refusal gave rise to sundry fruitless remonstrances addressed by Mr. Mason to the cabinet of St. James.
We have related the career of the Oreto or Florida, which was the first successor of the Sumter—her departure from England despite the notification of Mr. Adams, her seizure and release at Nassau; then the first appearance of the Alabama, her equipment in the ship-yards of Birkenhead, her armament at Terceira, and the vain protest of the United States legation against these hostile acts.
Although American commerce suffered severely by this violation of international law, the Americans c