Fort Fisher

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

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

The Piratical Capture of the Steamer St. Nicholas-- Part 2: "A Brilliant Exploit"

"After the steamer left Point Lookout, Capt. HOLLINS threw off his disguise, and with the aid of the passengers, seized the boat, which was immediately put across Coney River, on the Virginia side.  Here the rest of the passengers, not a party to the plot, were landed, including the captain, who was placed under guard.

"The steamer then went on a piratical cruise toward the Rappahannock River, capturing three vessels on her way, laden with ice, coal and coffee, with all which HOLLINS made his way to Fredericksburgh.

"The rebel papers here published accounts of this transaction this evening, calling it "a brilliant exploit."  Some accounts say about two hundred rebel troops were placed on board the steamer at Coney."

That Pirate Hollins.  --Old B-R'er

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