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CSS Oregon

Captain Abraham Perkins Boardman, a native to Louisiana. Captain A. P. Boardman, who commanded steamers between New Orleans and Mobile and also between Montgomery and Mobile, started his steamboat career in the Gulf region before the war in 1853 on the Mississippi and Red rivers and tributaries and had built and owned several fine steamers, being at one time considerably wealthy. Some question his record of 92 runs as a blockade runner but this area was his home turf. It was noted the Oregon moved 350 troops to Florida from Mississippi with an additional 300 troops from Alabama on the next day to strength of 650 man force in securing the surrender of the Pensacola Navy Yard on 12 January 1861. The troops were described as well armed “state forces” with brand new muskets, lightly armed Calvary and an artillery unit with no canon. Florida had succeeded from the Union on 10 January 1861. The Union Navy could do very little as her ships were scattered around the world protecting the “interests” of the United States and working on stopping the “slave trade” around Africa. The Marines were heavily outnumbered.

Little is know about Captain Abraham L Myers. First correspondence found dated 8 Dec 1861 and second dated 25 March 1862 which is closed to the date she was destroyed. There are no indications of additional commands at this time.

[Note: Governor Moore was confiscating both federal and private property long before the first shot at Fort Sumter. Obviously Moore pressed the Oregon into to service for the south at a very early stage of the Confederacy since he was a diehard secessionist against the aggressions of the North.]


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