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Off the Tortugas, the U.S.S. Keystone State captures a Confederate blockade runner bound for Florida

Civil War at Sea Topic Image, Crew members of the USS Pawnee
The U.S.S. Keystone State, under Commander Gustavus S. Holt, captured the Confederate blockade runner Salvor off the Tortugas Islands.  The Salvor had sailed from Havana, Cuba bound for Tampa Bay, Florida with a cargo of coffee, cigars, and munitions.  Her cargo reportedly included 600 pistols, 500,000 percussion caps, and 400,000 cigars.  The Keystone State towed her to the Philadelphia Navy Yard, arriving on October 25, 1861.  (By John Osborne) 
Source Citation: 
J.Thomas Scharf and Thompson Wescott, History of Philadelphia 1609-1884, in three volumes (Philadelphia, PA: L.H. Everts & Co., 1884), II: 785.