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Confederate sailors capture a Union steam tug towing a ship up the Mississippi to New Orleans

Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama from the south coast, 1861, zoomable panoramic map
06/08/1863
Confederate sailors under James Duke boarded the Union steam tug Boston by ruse and quickly overpowered the crew as she was towing the Jenny Lind  near the Pass á la Outre Lighthouse.  They cut loose the tow and made for Mobile, Alabama.  On the way, they met the loaded New York barks Lennox and Texana, captured and burned them. The Boston arrived safely in Mobile with seventeen prisoners on June 11, 1863. (By John Osborne)
Source Citation: 
Jack Sweetman, American Naval History: An Illustrated Chronology of the U. S. Navy  and Marine Corps ... (Annapolis,MDNaval Institute Press, 2002), 72.
Frank Moore, ed., The Rebellion Record: A Diary of American Events, with Documents, Narratives, Illustrative Incidents, Poetry, Etc. (New York: D. Van Nostrand, 1864), VII: 290.
 
 

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