Two posts ago, I mentioned the escape of three blockade-runners from Galveston on April 30, 1864, one of them being the Harriet Lane. I knew there had been a US revenue cutter named Harriet Lane, but had evidently forgotten that it had been captured by the Confederates. And then, obviously turned into a blockade-runner.
As a young boy, I put together a model of the blockade-runner Harriet Lane and always wondered why it had several guns mounted on its deck. Blockade-runners didn't carry cannons as they were not intended to fight, just sneak and flee when necessary.
That Would Explain It. --Old B-R'er