Thursday, January 24, 2013

1863 January 13 U.S. Steamer "Currituck"

[from the letterbook of Captain Thomas J. Linnekin]

                                                U.S. Steamer "Currituck"
                                                            Dividing Creek Va
                                               January 15  th 1863

             I have to report the Capture at 2 O'Clock
the Morning of the Schooner "Hampton" of Baltimore
Capt. Wm. Rowe laden with a quantity of Miscellaneous
Freight too general to enumerate,  I send you a supposed
tally of the Cargo,  also a large quantity of documents
& money found in the possession of the Prisoners.
The trunk marked R. S. Izard was found in the
Main hold broken open.  I forward it to you as
we found it, taking the precaution to seal it up.  my
reason in doing so, was owing to the large quantity
of small articles I found in it, also containing as
I am informed by the Surgeon some Valuable Drugs
you will find the hatches of the Schooner also sealed
there a quite a number of small & valuable articles
in the hold.
             I beg to refer you to the Cabin Boy Alex.
Webster he can give you considerable information as
to the Cargo &c
             I send the Money, amounting to $787.85
& Promissory Notes Amounting $1650 & 41 Dollars in
Charge of the Paymaster Frank Clarke of this Vessel

                                             Very Respectfully
                                                    Your obt Servant
                                                       T. J. Linnekin
                                                   acting Master Comdg.

To Commodore
    A.A. Harwood
Comdg Potomac Flotilla

MSS  15134

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