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Union warship captures Confederate privateer off the Bahamas

Civil War at Sea Topic Image, Crew members of the USS Pawnee
11/12/1861
The Union warship W.G. Anderson encountered the Confederate privateer Beauregard a hundred miles north-east of the Abaco Islands in the northern Bahamas.  The Beauregard, a schooner, had been granted letters of marque in Montgomery, Alabama on October 14, 1861 but had not yet done any damage to Union shipping.  Poorly armed, the privateer surrendered without a fight and the vessel, with its mostly Irish-born crew of twenty-seven, was taken to Key West in Florida, arriving on November 20, 1861.  (By John Osborne)
Source Citation: 
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: 371. 

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