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In South Carolina, a Confederate steamer easily avoids the U.S. Navy and enters the blockaded port of Charleston

Civil War at Sea Topic Image, Crew members of the USS Pawnee
01/02/1862
The Confederate steamer Ella Warley had slipped out of Nassau in the Bahamas and reached the entrance to Charleston Harbour at around six in the morning in heavy fog.  Despite the efforts of the U.S.S. Mohican, which gave chase and fired at her, the blockade runner made it into the port without damage.  This was a significant embarrassment for which Gideon Welles, the Navy Secretary, demanded an explanation.  (By John Osborne)   
Source Citation: 
Chronicles of the Great Rebellion Against the United States of America (Philadelphia, PA: A. Winch, 1867), 18.

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