s of the greatest interest.
The careers of the Sumter and the brig Jefferson Davis, the Amelia, the Dixie, the Petrel, the Bonita, the James Gray, and many others would
A pursuer of many prizes — the Santiago de Cuba
This vigilant blockader was one of the first to see active service.
As early as December 3, 1861, Commander D. B. Ridgely brought her ten guns to bear upon the schooner Victoria and captured her off Point Isabel on her way to the West Indies with a cargo of cotton.
In February of the next year, the Santiago caught the sloop O. K.
off Cedar Keys, Florida.
The next month she drove a blockade-runner ashore.
On April 23, 1862, she captured two schooners and (two days later) a steamer, all on their way from Charleston loaded with cotton.
On April 30th she added to her prizes the schooner Maria, and on May 27th the schooner Lucy C. Holmes, both with more cotton; on August 3, 1862, at sea, the steamer Columbia, loaded with munitions of war, and on August 27th the sc