British captain and two of his men recapture the Emily St. Pierre from its U.S. Navy prize crew
The British sailing vessel Emily St. Pierre had been seized by the U.S.S. John Adger, found to be carrying raw materials useful for war, and taken as a prize to be sailed to Philadelphia. Before dawn three days later the British captain, 47 year-old Scot William Wilson, his cook and a German steward recaptured the ship from its twelve man American prize crew by stealth and sailed to Liverpool in England, arriving there to British celebration on April 21, 1862. This touched off a brief international incident concerning the legality of the recapture. (By John Osborne)
"Seizure of the Emily St. Pierre," New York Times, May 18, 1862.
Chronicles of the Great Rebellion Against the United States of America (Philadelphia, PA: A. Winch, 1867), 25.