Thursday, January 9, 2014
A Confederate Privateer in the Pacific?
JANUARY 9TH, 1864: Rear Admiral Charles H. Bell, commanding the Pacific Squadron, advised Secretary Welles of the report of a Confederate privateer fitting out at Victoria, Vancouver Island: "I would also respectfully suggest the expediency of having at all times a small steamer, under the direction of the [Mare Island] navy yard, ready to be despatched at a few hours' notice whenever a similar occasion arises. The want of a vessel so prepared may be of incalculable injury to the mercantile interests of our western coast." //// Always a Threat in the West. --Old B-R'er