Carnegie Institution of Washington Publication, Issue 259; Issue 265 (Google eBook)

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Carnegie Institution of Washington, 1919
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Page 111 - In 1853 he was promoted to the rank of commander, but at the outbreak of the Civil War he offered his services to the Confederacy.
Page 141 - Leave off action!' he repeated, and then added, with a shrug, 'Now damn me if I do.' He also observed, I believe, to Captain Foley, 'You know, Foley, I have only one eye I have a right to be blind sometimes;' and then with an archness peculiar to his character, putting the glass to his blind eye, he exclaimed, 'I really do not see the signal.
Page 142 - Friday night (Sept. 13), at half-past ten, I drove from dear, dear Merton, where I left all which I hold dear in this world, to go to serve my king and country. May the great God, whom I adore, enable me to fulfil the expectations of my country! and, if it is His good pleasure that I should return, my thanks will never cease being offered up to the throne of His mercy. If it is His good providence to cut short my days upon earth, I bow with the greatest submission; relying that He will protect those...
Page 140 - I have a letter from him," he says, "recommending me to wear flannel shirts. Does he care for me ? NO : but never mind. They shall work hard to get me again. The cold has settled in my bowels. I wish the Admiralty had my complaint : but they have no bowels, at least for me. I...
Page 141 - he repeated, and then added, with a shrug, " Now damn me if I do I " He also observed, I believe to Captain Foley, " You know, Foley, I have only one eye I have a right to be blind sometimes." And then, with an archness peculiar to his character, putting the glass to his blind eye, he exclaimed : " I really do not see the signal.
Page 140 - There would have been no occasion for opinions, had not General Brereton sent his damned intelligence from St. Lucia; nor would I have received it to have acted by it, but I was assured that his information was very correct. It has almost broke my heart, but I must not despair.
Page 139 - We have at last seen the captain of the Boreas, of whom so much has been said. He came up just before dinner, much heated, and was very silent, yet seemed, according to the old adage, to think the more. He declined drinking any wine ; but after dinner, when the President, as usual, gave the following toasts, 'The King,' 'The Queen and Royal Family...
Page 79 - Farragut unhesitatingly seized the line at the critical moment; lashed to the mast, he ordered his flagship at full speed, taking the lead. The mines failed to explode and the bay was safely entered, though at the loss of many men, especially on the flagship. The British Army and Navy Gazette called him "the first naval officer of his day, as far as actual reputation, won by skill, courage, and hard fighting, goes.
Page 139 - Believe me, my only wish is to sink with honour into the grave; and when that shall please God, I shall meet death with a smile. Not that I am insensible to the honours and riches my king and country have heaped upon me, so much more than any officer could deserve; yet am I ready to quit this world of trouble, and envy none but those of the estate six feet by two.
Page 122 - Ere a response could be uttered, a broad-spread flash of intense light blazed from the flag's drummond, for in passing to windward the noise of our paddles betrayed the proximity of a blockade runner. ' Full speed' I shouted to the engineer. Instantly the increased revolutions responded to the order. Then came the roar of heavy guns, the howl of shot and the scream of bursting shells.

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