Confederate Commerce Destroyers the Sumter and the Florida
(See page 394, March, 1932, Proceedings)
Lieutenant Commander F. E. Cross, U. S. Naval Reserve.—Mr. Carlos C. Hanks has brought to the attention of readers of the Proceedings some very interesting events in connection with United States naval history during the Civil War, of which too little is generally known. In giving a recital of historical events, however, one should endeavor, by every possible means, to stress accuracy throughout. While this the author has no doubt intended, it nevertheless is true that, compared with the official correspondence and other writings of the period relative to the subject, his article, especially the description of the Wachusett-Florida episode, contains a number of striking inaccuracies. These, it is assumed, are open to correction.