The Cruise Of The Alabama And The Sumter by Raphael SemmesThe Cruise Of The Alabama And The Sumter by Raphael Semmes

The Cruise Of The Alabama And The Sumter

byRaphael Semmes

Paperback | August 8, 2012

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Excerpt: ...of the 11th instant, off the coast of Texas. The circumstances of the disaster are as follows:- Upon the afternoon of the 11th inst., at 2.30 P.M., while at anchor in company with the fleet under Commodore Bell, off Galveston, Texas, I was ordered by signal from the United States flag-ship Brooklyn to chase a sail to the southward and eastward. I got under weigh immediately, and steamed with all speed in the direction indicated. After some time, the strange sail could be seen from the Hatteras, and was ascertained to be a steamer, which fact I communicated to the flag-ship by signal. I continued the chase, and rapidly gained upon the suspicious vessel. Knowing the slow rate of speed of the Hatteras, I at once suspected that deception was being practised, and hence ordered the ship to be cleared for action, with everything in readiness for a determined attack and a vigorous defence. When within about four miles of the vessel, I observed that she had ceased to steam, and was lying broadside and awaiting us. It was nearly seven o'clock, and quite dark; but notwithstanding the obscurity of the night, I felt assured, from the general character of the vessel and her manoeuvres, that I should soon encounter the rebel steamer Alabama. Being able to work but four guns on the side of the Hatteras-two short 32 pounders, one 30 pounder rifled Parrot gun, and one 20 pounder rifled gun,-I concluded to close with her that my guns might be effective, if necessary. I came within easy speaking range-about seventy-five yards-and upon asking "What steamer is that?" received the answer, "Her Britannic Majesty's ship Petrel." I replied that I would send a boat aboard, and immediately gave the order. In the meantime the vessels were changing positions, the stranger endeavouring to gain a desirable position for a raking fire. Almost simultaneously with the piping away of the boat the strange craft again replied, "We are the Confederate steamer Alabama," which was...
Title:The Cruise Of The Alabama And The SumterFormat:PaperbackDimensions:130 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.28 inPublished:August 8, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1153699311

ISBN - 13:9781153699310

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