Fort Fisher

Fort Fisher
Fort Fisher, NE Bastion. Frank Vizetelly (National Geographic)

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

155 Years Ago: Confederates to Use Privateers

MAY 6TH, 1861:  The Confederate Congress passed an act recognizing a state of war with the United States and authorized the issuing of Letters of Marque to private vessels.

President Davis issued instructions to private armed vessels, in which he defined operational limits, directed "strictest regard to the rights of neutral powers," ordered privateers to proceed "With all ... justice and humanity" toward Union vessels and crews, outlined procedure for bringing in a prize, directed that all property on board neutral ships be exempt from seizure "unless it be contraband," and defined the word contraband.

--Old B-Runner


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