One Yankee captain proved too much for Semmes, as his story will show.
Do you suppose that Mr. Semmes had his tavern in this place for only one month?
Semmes was again without a command, for the Rebel navy was no more.
He had 2357 men in his own and 2342 in Semmes' brigade, making about 4700 troops in line.
So reasoned Captain Semmes, and pressed on both steam and sail to overhaul the fleeing stranger.
In the meantime Captain Semmes had received all the supplies he needed.
He sat so long without saying any thing, staring straight before him, that Mrs. Semmes began to feel fidgety.
At last Captain Semmes had found a port into which he could take a prize.
Semmes lost six hundred and eighty-three killed and wounded, Wafford five hundred and sixty-two.
At this moment the peculiar whistle of a Parrott shell was heard, and Semmes appeared with the Diana.