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In Baltimore, the War Department, to secure local shipping from hijack, seizes two Chesapeake ferries

Eastern Maryland and the Chesapeake Bay, 1857
07/08/1861
Ten days before, bold Confederate agents had hijacked the Baltimore steamer St. Nicholas on Chesapeake Bay and instantly turned it into a privateer, seizing small vessels along the bay.  Fearing that other ferries from Baltimore would suffer the same fate in a divided Maryland, the War Department ordered Union General Nathaniel Banks to seize two other Baltimore ships, the George Weems and the Mary Washington.   (By John Osborne)
Source Citation: 
J. Thomas Scharf, History of Baltimore County and City, from the earliest times to the present day .... (Philadelphia, PA: Louis H. Everts, 1881), 136.

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