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Confederate naval units capture the Tacony off the East Coast and convert her into a commerce raider

Civil War at Sea Topic Image, Crew members of the USS Pawnee
The C.S.S. Clarence, operating as a tender to the C.S.S. Florida under Lieutenant Charles W. Reed, captured the Delaware-built 300-ton bark Tacony, bound for Philadelphia from Port Royal, South Carolina. Considering the Tacony superior to his present ship, Reed transferred his men to her and burned the Clarence.  The C.S.S. Tacony then embarked on a brief raiding career, capturing fifteen U.S. vessels before Reed again transferred his flag, this time to the schooner Archer, and burned the Tacony on June 25, 1863. (By John Osborne) 
Source Citation: 
W. Craig Gaines, Encyclopedia of Civil War Shipwrecks (Baton Rouge, LA: Louisiana State University Press, 2008), 78.