Lee Oxford's book on the Fanny capture and the Chicamacomico Races is almost ready to go to the publisher. He's down to selecting pictures and adding some last minute finds. The publisher just upped the number he is allowed to use from 60 to 80. I take that as a good sign. I can't wait to see what he does with all the interesting tidbits he has dug up.
The Napoleon, captured at the battle of New Bern, was sent to New York under a prize crew commanded by F.S. Wells. This was the same Napoleon that Col. Singletary got court-martialed for taking during the Prony incident. Burnside had her loaded with cotton for the voyage.
The cotton was sold in New York. The deal ended up in court. The cotton was sold to him based on its weight. It was wet. He lost $4000 when he sold it dry. Drama and thieves everywhere!
It is unreal what I've been finding in the genealogybank.com newpaper archives lately. Today I found all of the names of the prize crews placed on the George B. Baker - both the Union and the Confederate one. I'm about convinced that I can find everything about the prizes taken at Hatteras if I can just come up with the right search terms. I've found Hannah Balch items that didn't even show up when I searched for "Hannah Balch"!
Today's biggie was finding out the Willet S. Robbins was in fact the prize of the Washington Grays at Ocracoke, not the Winslow's. I knew they had captured a schooner. I knew the sergant's name that escorted the crew to New Bern and Raleigh. That was in von Eberlin's diary. But the name wasn't.
Who knows, I may find something on the H. W Hewes one of these evenings.