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Under cover of darkness, the Confederate commerce raider Nashville escapes Beaufort, North Carolina

Escape of the C.S.S. Nashville through the Beaufort, North Carolina blockade,  March 17-18, 1862, artist's impression
03/17/1862 to 03/18/1862
The raider C.S.S. Nashville had ran the blockade into Beaufort, North Carolina in late February 1862.  At around seven in the evening, under cover of darkness, she used her speed to outrun the guardships and escape the surrounded port.  Fast but too weak in construction for a warship, she was later employed as a pure blockade runner.  Called the C.S.S. Rattlesnake, she was destroyed by the U.S. Navy a year later. (By John Osborne)
Source Citation: 
Lincoln P. Paine, Warships of the World to 1900 (New York: Houghton Mifflin Co., 2000), 113.
Frank Moore, ed., The Rebellion Record: A Diary of American Events, with Documents, Narratives, Illustrative Incidents, Poetry, Etc. (New York: G.P. Putnam, 1862), IV: 323.