MARCH 1ST, 1865: President Jefferson Davis sent a Resolution adopted by the Confederate Congress to Mr. John Lancaster of England, thanking him for his gallant and humane conduct in the rescue of Captain Rafael Semmes and 41 of his officers and men after the sinking of the CSS Alabama by the USS Kearsarge on 19 June 1864.
It was particularly gratifying to the Confederacy that Lancaster's yacht Deerhound had then sailed for England with the rescued Confederates rather than turning them over to the Kearsarge as would be customary under international law.
The incident became even more galling for the Union Navy after Semmes and his officers were socially lionized during their stay in England.
Semmes Gets Away. --Old B-R'er