Back to top

Union warship captures Confederate privateer off the Bahamas

Civil War at Sea Topic Image, Crew members of the USS Pawnee
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. 


How to Cite This Page: "Union warship captures Confederate privateer off the Bahamas," House Divided: The Civil War Research Engine at Dickinson College,