Back to top

In the Chesapeake Bay, Confederate boarders seize a civilian transport ship and flee to the Virginia shore

Civil War at Sea Topic Image, Crew members of the USS Pawnee
04/05/1865 to 04/07/1865
The 149 ton Harriet DeFord was bound for Baltimore when thirty Virginia cavalrymen led by Captain Thaddeus FitzHugh boarded and seized her.  The passengers and the white crew members were put off in boats and the hijackers sailed the vessel into the Rappahannock River in Virginia, then unloaded and burned her two days later.  The black crewmen they had retained were sold at slave auction soon after.  (By John Osborne)   
Source Citation: 
W. Craig Gaines, Encyclopedia of Civil War Shipwrecks (Baton Rouge, LA: Louisiana State University Press, 2008), 182.
Chronicles of the Great Rebellion Against the United States of America (Philadelphia, PA: A. Winch, 1867), 101-102.