MARCH 31ST, 1865: The St. Mary's, 1 115-ton schooner out of St. Mary's, Maryland, loaded with an assorted cargo valued at $20,000, was boarded and captured off Patuxent River in Chesapeake Bay by a Confederate raiding party led by Master John C. Braine, CSN.
The disguised Southerners were in a yawl and had come alongside the schooner on the pretext that their craft was sinking. Braine too the St. Mary's to sea where they captured the New York bound schooner J.B. Spafford. The latter prize was released after the raiders had placed the St. Mary's crew on board her and had taken the crew members' personal effects.
The Confederates indicated to their captives that their intention was to take the St. Mary's to St. Marks, Florida, but they put into Nassau in April.
ALSO THIS DATE: The USS Iuka, captured British blockade running schooner Comus off the coast of Florida with a cargo of cotton.