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Beauregard (Armed Schooner)


The Navy retained the name carried by this vessel at the time she was captured trying to run the Union blockade.

(Armed Schooner: tonnage 10; speed 7 knots; armament 1 30-pounder rifle, 2 12-pounder howitzers)

The Confederate privateer schooner Beauregard  (ex-Priscilla C. Ferguson), a week out of Charleston, S.C., was captured by the fast armed bark William G. Anderson (Acting Volunteer Lt. William C. Rogers in command), assigned to the West Gulf Blockading Squadron, in the Bahama Channel on 12 November 1861. 

Puchased from the Key West Prize Court on 24 February 1862; Beauregard was commissioned on 28 March 1862, Acting Master David Stearns in command. Beauregard captured ten blockade runners while serving with the East Gulf Blockading Squadron along the Florida coast (April 1862-June 1865). She also took part in attacks on Tampa (2 April 1863) and New Smyrna (28 July 1863), Florida.

Ultimate;ly, the schooner was sold at Key West, Fla., on 28 June 1865.

Updated, Robert J. Cressman

1 November 2021

Published: Mon Nov 01 17:10:23 EDT 2021