FEBRUARY 17TH, 1865: The USS Mahaska seized schooner Delia off Bayport, Florida, with cargo of pig lead and sabers.
FEBRUARY 18TH, 1865: A boat expedition from the USS Pinola boarded and fired armed schooner Anna Dale in Pass Cavallo, Texas. The prize had been fitted out as a cruiser by the Confederates.
The long reach of the sea closed its iron grip on the South in events great and small from the Potomac to the Rio Grande and throughout the western waters.
ALSO: The USS Forest Rose dispersed a number of Confederates who had fired on the ship Mittie Stephens attempting to load cotton at Cole's Creek, Mississippi.
FEBRUARY 19TH, 1865: The USS Gertrude captured Mexican brig Eco off Galveston, suspected of attempting to run the blockade, carried a cargo of coffee, rice, sugar and jute baling cord.