On the Florida coast, Union sailors and marines raid Pensacola and destroy a Confederate warship there
09/13/1861 to 09/14/1861
Under cover of darkness a force of sailors and marines from the Union frigate U.S.S. Colorado under the command of Lieutenant John H. Russell raided the Confederate naval base at Pensacola and destroyed the Confederate privateer Judah being fitted out there. The raiders boarded the Judah, fired her,and then retreated back to the open sea. Two sailors and a marine were killed in the assault. (By John Osborne)
M. Almy Aldrich, History of the United States Marine Corps (Boston, MA: Henry L. Shepard & Co., 1875), 140.