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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
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.