14 June 1863: “The captain, without hesitation, acknowledged her to be a Confederate vessel and stated his cargo to consist of liquors, medicines, drugs, and provisions, with probably some articles for the rebel Government.”

Item description: “Capture of Confederate steamer Calypso, June 11, 1863. Report of Commander Bankhead, U. S. Navy, commanding U. S. S. Florida.”

The report discusses the capture of the Confederate steamer Calypso off the North Carolina coast. The ship was sailing from Nassau, Bahamas, to Wilmington, North Carolina, attempting to evade the blockade with a cargo of “liquors, medicines, drugs, and provisions,” some of which may have included iron plating for ironclads.

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Item citation: Official records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion.. Series I, Volume 9. Washington : G.P.O., 1899. C970.75 U58no Ser. I, Vol. 9. North Carolina Collection, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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