Last week, we looked at Douglas Forrest – who served aboard the Merrimac during the Battle of Hampton Roads. After this, he served in various positions in the military.

In 1863, he was sent to carry dispatches to France via a pair of blockade runners. He reached Calais safely after some close calls, but was unable to find the Rappahannock there to take him home. Instead, he found himself detained by the French. A year later, the following appeared in the August 24, 1864 Washington Evening Star:

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