AUGUST 2, 1865: The CSS Shenandoah, Lt. Waddell, having quit her Arctic hunting the previous month was on her way to attack San Francisco when it encountered the English bark Barracouta, 13 days out of San Francisco. For the first time, Waddell learned that the war he had been fighting was really over. He immediately abandoned his daring attack on that city.
The log of the Shenandoah recorded: "Having received by the Barracouta the sad intelligence of the overthrow of the Confederate Government, all attempts to destroy the shipping or property of the United States will cease from this date, in accordance with which the first lieutenant, William C. Whittle, Jr., received the order from the commander to strike below the battery and disarm the ship and crew."
Al;l Over Except the Crying-- Old B-Runner