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The Daily Dispatch: December 16, 1861., [Electronic resource], A Federal launch on the Attakapas Coast — capture of the Confederate Schr. Purdy. (search)
A Federal launch on the Attakapas Coast — capture of the Confederate Schr. Purdy. The Planters' (La.) Banner gives the following particulars of the capture of the Confederate schooner Purdy, by a launch belonging to the blockading frigate Santee: Last Friday morning, the 29th inst., the Confederate schooner Purdy, Capt. Collins, while lying at the mouth of Belle Isle bayou, was suddenly boarded by eight Lincolnites from a launch belonging as they stated to the U. S. frigate Santee. They were armed with six Minnie rifles, eight cutlasses and a brace of pistols each. They also had a 3-pounder aboard ready for action. The Purdy had on board three men, Capt. Collins, John Denniston and M. B. Gordy, and a small boy. They had three double-barrel shot guns, a revolver and a 2-pounder which was below. The captain of the launch demanded the surrender of the Purdy, and when Capt. Collins cocked his gun, and stated that he doubted whether he would accede to the demand, all the