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U.S. naval units controversially capture the notorious raider C.S.S. Florida in neutral waters off the coast of Brazil

U.S.S. Wachusett captures C.S.S. Florida, Bay of San Salvador, Brazil, October 7, 1864, artist's impression
The British-built Confederate raider C.S.S. Florida had claimed 37 prizes in its two-year career.  She was sheltering in neutral Brazilian water when a daring night attack from the U.S.S. Wachusett overwhelmed her skeleton crew and towed her out to sea.  This trigggered an international incident and the Union captain, Commander Napoleon Collins, was found guilty at court-martial. He was never punished and resumed his career as a hero. (By John Osborne)  
Source Citation: 
Chronicles of the Great Rebellion Against the United States of America ... (Philadelphia, A. Winch, 1867), 87.
Emma Martin Maffitt, The Life and Services of John Newland Maffitt (New York: Neale Publishing Company, 1906), 383-386.