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Admiral Samuel Phillips Lee.

When the war broke out, Samuel Phillips Lee, who was born in Virginia in 1811, had already seen twenty-six years of almost continuous service. During the Civil War he was frequently shifted, but everywhere set an example to the service. At the passage of Forts Jackson and St. Phillip he commanded the sloop-of-war “Oneida.” He fought conspicuously in the battles of the Mississippi, from New Orleans to Vicksburg. In July of 1862 he was placed in command of the North Atlantic blockading squadron, making the blockade more effective than ever. Late in the war, in the summer of 1864, he was transferred to the Mississippi squadron, keeping the Cumberland River open for the army. The sloop below, attached to the blockading squadron during the war, won quite a name for herself, although not engaged in any of the larger actions, by capturing a number of prizes. In 1861, under Captain C. Green, she caught the blockade-runner “Alvarado” and took the British vessel “Aigburth” at sea laden with contraband intended for the Confederacy. On December 15th, of the following year, she captured the ship “Havelock” and a large brig that was trying to make the coast, laden with cloth and percussion-caps. The “Jamestown” was ordered to the East Indies September 11, 1862, where she remained till after the war's close. She had a roving commission full of adventure.

Admiral S. P. Lee North Atlantic blockading squadron, 1862

A fast sailer the sloop-of-war “Jamestown


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