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Galveston (Texas, United States) (search for this): chapter 46
ght, like every other unparoled prisoner, walk off with herself, and make her escape! But to say nothing of the odd idea of paroling a ship, these honorable casuists overlooked the small circumstance that the ship could not make her escape without the assistance of the paroled officers; and it was an act of war for paroled officers to get under way, and carry off from her anchors, a prize-ship of the enemy. It was a theft, and breach of honor besides. A few days after Ingraham's raid, Galveston was recaptured by the Confederates, as already described when speaking of the victory of the Alabama over the Hatteras. Sherman made an attempt upon Vicksburg, and failed. Admiral Dupont, with a large and well appointed fleet of ironclads, attacked Charleston, and was beaten back—one of his ships being sunk, and others seriously damaged. On the Potomac, Hooker had been sent by the many-headed monster to relieve Burnside, which was but the substitution of one dunderhead for another. B
United States (United States) (search for this): chapter 46
off, took possession in the name of the Confederate States, and sent the bark off to sea. The Al England, to prey upon the commerce of the United States, and escaped therefrom while on her trial-as a treaty of amity and commerce with the United States, and has not recognized the persons in revolt against the United States as a government at all, the vessel alluded to should be at once seizetells the Governor, that inasmuch as the Confederate States had not been acknowledged as a nation, tps of war and privateers, belonging to the United States, and the States calling themselves the ConConfederate States of America, visiting British ports. The reports received from Saldanha Bay induce a grievous injury to a friendly power, the United States. This remark about the honor of Englanmmes, a statement of the position of the Confederate States steamer Alabama, and the American bark S passed, relative to the capture, by the Confederate States steamer Alabama, of the bark Sea-Bride, [1 more...]
Table Bay (Montana, United States) (search for this): chapter 46
n American bark, bound, like ourselves, into Table Bay. As before remarked, the wind was light, ann Boyce to land thirty prisoners for him, in Table Bay, with which request Captain Boyce was unableairs, and was cleaned and painted, would pay Table Bay a visit. He expected to be there, he said, Confederate craft, close to the entrance of Table Bay. The inhabitants rushed off to get a sight.As we came, we found the heights overlooking Table Bay covered with people; the road to Green Pointeet, the roofs of all the houses, from which Table Bay is overlooked, were made available as standi the westward, on to the land. I came on to Table Bay, and when off Camp's Bay, I saw the smoke of or twenty miles off the land, standing into Table Bay from the south-west. There was a light breerew-steamer, standing from due north, toward Table Bay, intending, as it appeared to me, to take tht to sea again, and the Alabama steamed into Table Bay. At the time of the capture, her Majesty[5 more...]
Robben Island (South Africa) (search for this): chapter 46
bark off Green Point, or about four miles from the nearest land—Robben Island. I witnessed the capture with my own eyes, as did hundreds of that the ship had been captured within two miles and a half of Robben Island! Imprudent Consul to have thus gone off half cocked! This dishe was in neutral waters, being about two and a half miles from Robben Island. This statement is doubtless more satisfactory than the testim first saw them, the steamer was coming round the north-west of Robben Island, and the bark bore from her about five miles W. N. W. The bark aw the smoke of the Alabama, some distance from the westward of Robben Island. When I reached the Green Point lighthouse, the steamer was sty, intending, as it appeared to me, to take the passage between Robben Island, and the Blueberg Beach. She was then between fifteen and eighnd, from Irville Point, and about four or five miles outside of Robben Island, and about seven miles from the bark. The steamer then came up
Chancellorsville (Virginia, United States) (search for this): chapter 46
n the Potomac, Hooker had been sent by the many-headed monster to relieve Burnside, which was but the substitution of one dunderhead for another. But Hooker had the sobriquet of fighting Joe, and this tickled the monster. With the most splendid army on the planet, as characterized by the hyperbolous Joe himself, he crossed the Rappahannock, on his way to Richmond. Lee had no more than about one third of Hooker's force, with which to oppose him. Three battles ensued— at the Wilderness, Chancellorsville, and Salem Church, which resulted in the defeat and rout of fighting Joe, and his rapid retreat to the north bank of the Rappahannock. But these victories cost us the life of Stonewall Jackson, the Coeur de Leon of the Southern Confederacy. His body has been given to the worms, but his exploits equal, if they do not excel, those of Napoleon in his first Italian campaign, and will fire the youth of America as long as our language lives, and history continues to be read. A third atte
Cape Town (South Africa) (search for this): chapter 46
events of the twelve months during which the Alabama had been commissioned Alabama arrives at Cape Town capture of the sea bride excitement thereupon correspondence between the American Consul an herself with whatever might be necessary. A little after mid-day, as we were hauling in for Cape Town, sail ho! was cried from aloft; and when we had raised the sail from the deck, we could see qin case he should be blown off by a gale. The capture of this ship caused great excitement at Cape Town, it having been made within full view of the whole population. The editor of a daily newspapepairs. This letter had been made public in the morning, and had caused no little excitement. Cape Town, that has been more than dull—that has been dismal for months, thinking and talking of nothing men. The editor of the Argus has not overdrawn the picture when he says, that nearly all Cape Town was afloat, on the evening of the arrival of the Alabama. The deck of the ship was so crowded,
Pennsylvania (Pennsylvania, United States) (search for this): chapter 46
hese disasters, General Dick Taylor captured Brasher City, a very important base which the enemy had established for operations in Louisiana and Texas. Nearly five million dollars' worth of stores fell into Taylor's hands. After the defeat of Hooker, Lee determined upon another move across the enemy's border. Hooker followed, keeping himself between Lee and Washington, supposing the latter to be the object of Lee's movement. But Lee moved by the Shenandoah Valley, upon Gettysburg in Pennsylvania. Hooker now resigned the command, for which he found himself unfitted, and Meade was sent to relieve him. The latter marched forthwith upon Gettysburg, cautiously disposing his troops, meanwhile, so as to cover both Baltimore and Washington. The greatest battle of the war was fought here during the first three days of July. Both parties were whipped, and on the 4th of July, when Pemberton was surrendering Vicksburg to Grant, Lee was preparing to withdraw from Gettysburg for the purpose
Harper's Ferry (West Virginia, United States) (search for this): chapter 46
re the enemy was as cordially detested, as in any part of the Confederacy. The Federal Government had, by this time, gotten firm military possession of the State, through the treason of Governor Bradford, Mayor Swann, and others, and nothing short of driving out the enemy from the city of Baltimore, and occupying it by our troops, could enable the people of that true and patriotic city to move in defence of their liberties, and save their State from the desecration that awaited her. Harper's Ferry was captured by a portion of Lee's forces; the battle of Sharpsburg was fought (17th September, 1862) without decisive results, and Lee recrossed his army into Virginia. In the West, Corinth was evacuated by General Beauregard, who was threatened with being flanked, by an enemy of superior force. Memphis was captured soon afterward, by a Federal fleet, which dispersed the few Confederate gunboats that offered it a feeble resistance. The fall of Fort Pillow and Memphis opened the
Fredericksburg, Va. (Virginia, United States) (search for this): chapter 46
d to withdraw after a gallant and bloody fight. He retreated in good order. After Lee's retreat into Virginia, from his march into Maryland, which has been alluded to, McClellan remained inactive for some time, and the Northern people becoming dissatisfied, clamored for a change of commanders. Burnside was appointed to supersede him—a man, in every way unfit for the command of a large army. With an army of 150,000 men, this man of straw crossed the Rappahannock, and attacked Lee at Fredericksburg, in obedience to the howl of the Northern Demos, of On to Richmond! A perfect slaughter of his troops ensued. As far as can be learned, this man did not cross the river at all himself, but sent his troops to assault works in front which none but a madman would have thought of attempting—especially with a river in his rear. It is only necessary to state the result. Federal loss in killed, 1152; wounded, 7000. Confederate loss in killed and wounded, 1800. During a storm of wind and r
Brighton, Mass. (Massachusetts, United States) (search for this): chapter 46
hill for the next two and a half miles is up-hill work. The horse jibbed, so we pushed on, on foot, as fast as possible, and left the cab to come on. When we reached the summit, we could only make out a steamer on the horizon, from eighteen to twenty miles off. This could not be the Alabama, unless she was making off to sea again. There was no bark. As soon as our cab reached the crown of the hill, we set off at a break-neck pace, down the hill, on past the Round-house, till we came near Brighton, and as we reached the corner, there lay the Alabama within fifty yards of the unfortunate Yankee. As the Yankee came around from the south-east, and about five miles from the Bay, the steamer came down upon her. The Yankee was evidently taken by surprise. The Alabama fired a gun, and brought her to. When first we got sight of the Alabama, it was difficult to make out what she was doing; the bark's head had been put about, and the Alabama lay, off quite immovable, as if she were takin
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