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|37k||Watercolor by Erik Heyl, 1963, of Confederate steamship Darlington prepared for use in his book "Early American Steamers", Volume III.
US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 66960 Courtesy of Erik Heyl.
|86k||Illustration of the Confederate steamer Darlington underway at Fernandina Beach, FL., circa 1861.||Bill Gonyo|
|124k||As Union forces occupied Fernandina, FL. in March 1862, CDR. C.R.P. Rogers pushed up a small creek near the town in a ship’s launch and captured the Confederate steamer Darlington, captained by Jacob Brock. Brock was a well-known steamboat captain on the St. Johns River prior to the war, who cast his lot with the Confederacy after Florida seceded. He initially refused commands to heave to, forcing the Union blue jackets to fire on the steamer, which eventually did stop and surrender. After boarding, the Union Navy officers were enraged, as there were a number of women and children aboard, who had been begging the captain to surrender as they were fired upon. Fortunately, no one was injured. Perhaps in retaliation, Brock was arrested and sent to prison (even though he was not a member of the Confederate military), and his ship confiscated. In addition to the refugees, the steamer contained “military stores, and wagons, mules, forage, etc.” and a surgeon in the Confederate Army. The captured steamer was converted into the gunboat USS Darlington.
Information from the blog “Civil War Navy Sesquicentennial”.
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