JUNE 30TH, 1861: The CSS Sumter, Commander Raphael Semmes, ran the blockade at the mouth of the Mississippi River and escaped to sea through Pass a l Outre, eluding the USS Brooklyn, whereupon the crew "gave three hearty cheers for the flag of the Confederate States, thus ... thrown to the breeze on the high seas by a ship of war."
This launched Semmes' famous career as a commerce raider.
** USS Reliance, Lt. Mygatt, seized and destroyed the sloop Passenger in the Potomac River.
Semmes At Sea, Welles Worst Nightmare Come True. --Old B-Runner