He was a man of war and battle, but he had never been a man to prey on those unable to defend themselves.
In September 1851 he was liberated and embarked on an American man-of-war.
Physalia, known commonly as the Portuguese man-of-war, is remarkable for its great size, its brilliant colours, and its terrible stinging powers.
But the assembly, the members of which were nearly the same as those of the congress, refused to interrupt the meeting of the congress, and in the next month the governor sought safety in flight, first to Fort Johnson on the Cape Fear below Wilmington and then to a man-of-war along the coast.
But the queen is said to have refused it, saying that the money would be better spent equipping a man-of-war.