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In Maine, an audacious Confederate attempt to sail away with a Coast Guard cutter narrowly fails

Confederate naval raiders destroying the Coast Guard cutter Caleb Cushing, artist's impression, detail
06/27/1863
Confederate Navy Lieutenant Charles W. Read had engaged in a remarkable few weeks ravaging the north-east coast in a succession of captured vessels.  At Portland, Maine, he was even bolder and tried to cut out the U.S. Coast Guard cutter Caleb Cushing from its moorings in the harbor.  Pursued, he was caught before making the open sea and he and his men blew up the cutter and made for the shore in boats where they were all captured. (By John Osborne)
Source Citation: 
"A Bold Demonstration By The Pirates: They Sail into Portland Harbor and Capture a Revenue Cutter," Chicago Tribune, June 29, 1863, p. 1. 
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