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Captured blockade runner packed with munitions arrives in New York harbor as a U.S. Navy prize

Civil War at Sea Topic Image, Crew members of the USS Pawnee
05/03/1862
The U.S.S. Santiago de Cuba, under Commander Daniel Ridgely, patroling between Charleston, South Carolina and the Bahamas, chased and captured the schooner Isabel, now renamed the Ella Warley, on April 25, 1862, and discovered that she was filled with war supplies, including rifles and ammunition, together with thirty-five passengers Ridgely described as "desperate and wily characters."  He assigned a prize crew and immediately dispatched his valuable find to New York for confiscation.  (By John Osborne) 
Source Citation: 
United States, et al, Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Series 1 (Washington D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1903), XVII: 230-231.

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