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Confederate gunboats seize Union steamer off North Carolina, capturing Indiana and New York troops aboard

Civil War at Sea Topic Image, Crew members of the USS Pawnee
10/01/1861
Confederate steam tugs intercepted the small Union-chartered screw-driven steamer Fanny off the coast of North Carolina as it was ferrying stores from Hatteras Island to Chicomacomico.  Twenty-five men of the 20th Indiana and the 9th New York were captured, along with two artillery pieces.  The Fanny was taken into the Confederate Navy but was later abandoned and destroyed by fire when cornered at Elizabeth City, North Carolina, in February 1862.  Three days later Georgia troops attacked the 20th Indiana at its camp in Chicomacomico. (By John Osborne)
Source Citation: 
Chronicle, The Annual Register or a View of the History and Politics of the Year 1861 (London: F. & J. Rivington, 1862), 12.
 Frank Moore, ed., The Rebellion Record: A Diary of American Events, with Documents, Narratives, Illustrative Incidents, Poetry, Etc. (New York: G.P.Putnam, 1861), III: 39.

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