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A Civil War Gunboat in Pacific WatersLife Aboard the USS Saginaw$
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Hans Konrad Van Tilburg

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780813035161

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813035161.001.0001

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Hard Times on Coastal Patrol

Hard Times on Coastal Patrol

(p.121) 4 Hard Times on Coastal Patrol
A Civil War Gunboat in Pacific Waters

Hans Konrad Van Tilburg

University Press of Florida

A break from hard service was long overdue for the Saginaw, but the end of the Civil War did not alleviate the duties of the Pacific Squadron in Mexico. In fact, with the reports of thousands of ex-Confederate soldiers crossing the border and taking refuge (some joining the French Foreign Legion for three-year terms), and the increased federal support now available for Benito Juarez and his forces, the situation on the Pacific coast took on greater importance. In 1865, attitudes toward controlling the gunrunning from San Francisco were changing. In June, the American schooner William L. Richardson had been seized and detained at La Paz with a cargo of gunpowder.

Keywords:   coastal patrol, Civil War, Saginaw, Pacific Squadron, Mexico, confederate soldiers

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