A Commerce Raider off New York
(See page 1237, September, 1940, Proceedings)
Ensign Richard W. Mindte, U. S. Naval Reserve.—The recent article by Carlos Hanks describing the short reign of terror caused by a Confederate commerce raider on our eastern seaboard in 1864 brings to mind a similar raid on our New England coast by another daring raider just about one year previous to the raid of the Tallahassee.
At 4.30 p.m. on June 13, 1863, a short telegram addressed to Gideon Welles, Secretary of the Navy, reached Washington. The telegram read:
Philadelphia, June 13, 1863
The pirate Clarence captured within sight of Cape Henry yesterday morning brig Schindler schooner Kate Stewart and bark Tacony of this port they are using the Tacony for pirating further
E. A. Souder & Co.