The Liberty County GAGenWeb Project: Capture of the Sloop Annie Thompson: 1864

CAPTURE OF THE SLOOP ANNIE THOMPSON
AT ST. CATHERINE'S SOUND: 1864

Capture of the Sloop Annie Thompson, St. Catherine's Sound, Georgia
January 16, 1864

Report of Acting Master Moses, U.S. Navy, Commanding U.S. Bark Fernandina

U.S. Bark Fernandina
St. Catherine's Sound, Georgia, January 18, 1864

Sir: I have the honor to report the capture of a sloop under the following circumstances:

On Saturday, 16th instant, at 12:50 p.m., discovered a vessel's mast over Milliken's Island, 5 miles distant from this ship; directly after, saw a piece of her mainsail hoisted. I immediately sent the first cutter in chase, followed by second and third cutters, all in charge of Acting Ensign C. Flood. After a two hours' chase, boarded and took possession of her half a mile below the town of Sunbury and 7 miles distant from this ship. She proved to be the sloop Annie Thompson, about 45 tons burden, bound to Nassau, New Providence, with a cargo consisting of 38 bales of cotton, 45 boxes of tobacco, and 25 barrels of spirits of turpentine. She attempted to run out on Friday night, 15th instant, but grounded in Milliken's Creek, when the captain and pilot left her in the boat for Sunbury, taking all papers and nautical instrucments belonging to her. When boarded there were two passengers, J.G. Cohen and John Feely, citizens of Savannah, Ga.; two of the crew, G. King of Halifax, Nova Scotia and Charles Norman, a Swede, who were endeavoring to escape with the sloop, but finding the boats in chase and escape impossible, anchored her and set a white flag. Enclosed please find a copyof Acting Ensign C. Flood's report to me. I have placed her in charge of Acting Ensign C. Flood, with orders to proceed to Port Royal and report to Rear Admiral John A. Dahlgren for orders.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,
Edward Moses
Acting Master, Commanding

Hon. Gideon Welles
Secretary of the Navy, Washington

Report of Acting Ensign Flood, U.S. Navy, U.S. Bark Fernandina

St. Catherine's Sound, Georgia, January 17, 1864

Sir: On the 16th instant, at 1 p.m., in obedience to your orders, I started from the ship with the first cutter and an armed crew, the second and third following, all under my command in the direction of Sunbury, to capture a sloop there under sail, some 3 miles from the above place, apparently endeavoring to reach shore. At 3:15 p.m. boarded and took possession of her as a prize to the U.S. bark Fernandina. I learned that she had been deserted by her captain and pilot the night previous, having run aground in Milliken's Creek, they having taken with them all the papers and nautical instruments belonging to her, leaving on board two passengers and two of the crew, who were endeavoring to get the vessel to Sunbury; but finding escape impossible, lowered their sails, and anchored within half a mile of the town. The crew and passengers also informed me that they endeavored to run out on Friday night, 15th instant, bound to Nassau, with a cargo consisting of 38 bales of cotton, 45 boxes of tobacco, and 25 barrels of spirits of turpentine. I immediately got her underway and proceeded toward the ship, she being then 8 miles distant, where I arrived at 6 a.m.

I have the honor to remain, your most obedient servant. Christopher Flood
Acting Ensign, U.S. Navy

Acting Master Edward Moses
Commanding U.S. Bark Fernandina

Report of Acting Master Childs, U.S. Navy, of the U.S. bark Fernandina

U.S.S. Canandaigua
Off Charleston, S.C., February 13, 1864

Sir: I have the honor to submit for the information of the Navy Department the following statement relating to the capture of the rebel sloop Annie Thompson, at St. Catherine's Sound, Georgia, on the 16th day of January, 1864, by the U.S. bark Fernandina, to which vessel I was attached at the time as executive officer.

On the 9th of January Acting Master E. Moses, commanding the Fernandina went to Sapelo Sound, a distance of 12 or 14 miles, leaving me in command of his ship.

On the 16th of January I discovered a vessel apparently making an attempt to run the blockade, and fitted out two boats, in charge of Acting Ensign C. Flood, who captured the vessel, which proved to be the sloop Annie Thompson, bound to Nassau. I then sent a boat to Sapelo Sound to inform Acting Master Moses of the capture, and on his return made to him a statement of my proceedings during his absence.

In making his report of the capture to the Department he claimed all the credit of capturing the vessel, not mentioning my name at all, and implying that he was instrumental in making the capture, when at the time he was at Sapelo Sound and had been absent from his command seven days.

I would respectfully add that I make this statement only from a sense of duty to the service and justice to myself.

I am, very respectfully, your obedient servant,
C.C. Childs
Acting Master, U.S. Navy

Hon. Gideon Welles
Secretary of the Navy, Washington, D.C.

Order of the senior Office of Cahrleston to Acting Ensign Flood, U.S. Navy, to Proceed to Philadelphia in Charge of the Prize

U.S. Ship Vermont
Port Royal Harbor, S.C., February 16, 1864

Sir: You will proceed to Philadelphia, per Massachusetts, with cargo of prize sloop Annie Thompson and report to commandant of Philadelphia navy yard, district judge, and prize commissioners.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

Wm. Reynolds
Senior Officer Present

Acting Ensign Christopher Flood, U.S. Navy
Prize Master Sloop Annie Thompson

Source:
United States Naval War Records Office, Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Series I, Volume 15, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington D.C., 1902, pages 245-246

Submittted by Bob Franks


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