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    Civil War Marines: Report on the Attack of a Confederate Schooner. Two pages, two-sided, 8" x 12.5", "U.S. Flag Ship Colorado, 14 Sept. 1861." Putting to sea from Boston in May 1858, the USS Colorado patrolled Cuban waters for three months deterring the practice of unauthorized search by British cruisers. She then returned to Boston until June 1861 when she was recommissioned and sailed to join the Union Navy's Gulf Blockading Squadron. On September 14 of that year, an expedition under Lieutenant J. H. Russell cut out the schooner Judah, believed to be preparing for service as a privateer, and spiked one gun of a battery at the Pensacola Navy Yard. Three men were lost in the raid, but it was considered a success by Union forces.

    This letter provides a detailed description of the engagement, reading in part: "The launch having been laid alongside the Schooner under a shower of musketry from that vessel and shore, we were ordered to board. The order was immediately obeyed, the Marines firing their Muskets at the Enemy's deck, then fixing bayonets. . . . The enemy fled to the shore and being joined by other Troops, a deadly unremitting fire was opened upon us." Signed by Captain E. M. Reynolds. Light age toning with occasional soiling and wrinkling. Generally fine condition.

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