Contributed by Harrison
Description: Civil War On The Nanticoke / Two Dorchester Schooners Captured.
Date: July 26 1861
Newspaper published in: Baltinore
Source: newspaper archives
Capture of Two Schooners on the Nanticoke - July 26, 1861 :
papers had mentioned a few days ago the the steamer Yankee had brought
to the city of Washington two prize vessels, seized on the Nanticoke
river. Both vessels belonged to Capt. Atwood Johnson of Lakes District,
Dorchester County, Maryland. Following particulars of the seizure came
to us from the Cambridge Democrat newspaper.
" The vessels loaded
in April last, one at Baltimore with assorted cargo, the other at
Philadelphia with iron, and on the 20th of that month started in company
from Baltimore, with one "Brunette" for Portsmouth, Petersburg and
Richmond, the other with "Ringdove" for Richmond. They arrived off
Fortress Monroe the same day as the 'blockade' commenced, where the
papers of the "Ringdove" were endorsed and all boats were ordered off.
The vessels returned to Lakes Cove, anchored near Capt. Johnson's
residence where the "Ringdove" terminated and the "Brunette" returned to
Baltimore to 'land' her cargo. Upon the return of the ships they sailed
up the Nanticoke River as far as "Bacon Quarter" to prevent water worm
damage to their bottoms where the "Yankee" found them and took them to
Such are the facts given us by Capt. Johnson and from
these facts there can be no violations of law made. There were no
smuggled good on board, the made no attempt to run the blockade, they
have in no degree or instance attempted to give aid or comfort to the
Virginians, but yet they were torn from their moorings, hawsers cut and
thrown overboard, towed to Washington, held on some plea unknown to the
owner, but groundless, as the facts show.