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Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 53: operations of the West Gulf Squadron in the latter part of 1864, and in 1865.--joint operations in Mobile Bay by Rear-Admiral Thatcher and General Canby. (search)
d out into the stream. Sail was made on the Anna Dale, and everything done to take her out, but she grounded, and it was determined to destroy her. The prisoners, with their baggage, were put in one of the schooner's boats with some small arms and a 12-pounder howitzer, and the vessel was then set on fire. The Anna Dale proved to be a Confederate privateer, but had not yet attained the dignity of being called a cruiser. She was of seventy tons burden, well armed, and commanded by Joseph L. Stephenson, a Master in the Confederate Navy, who said he expected twenty-five more men at sunset, and would have sailed soon after. He expressed great surprise that. the boats were not fired upon by the battery, which consisted of three guns and a hundred men stationed only a short distance off. The Anna Dale was a fast schooner, and, had she escaped the vigilance of the blockaders and reached the northern coast, would no doubt have done much damage before she was captured. This affair was