Louisiana seizes the United States Mint and the United States Customs House in New Orleans
The State of Louisiana seized the United States Mint along with an estimated half a million dollars in federal funds. The Customs House was seized the same day and the Vermont-born Collector of Customs, Francis Hanson Hatch, took on the same role for the independent "Republic of Louisiana." He moved quickly to ensure that goods no longer moved through the port to other parts of the country without first paying customs at New Orleans. (By John Osborne)
John Thomas Scharf, History of the Confederate States Navy from Its Organization to the Surrender of Its Last Vessel.... (Albany, NY: Joseph McDonough, 1894), 23.