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Letter from the Secretary of the Navy to Rear-Admiral Farragut, U.S. Navy, forwarding consular information from Havana regarding the movements of blockade runners Mail and Denbigh

Just as U.S. Consul Thomas Dudley had kept a close watch on Denbigh at Liverpool, his counterpart in Havana, Thomas Savage, followed her comings and goings closely there.  This particulr report, forwarded to the Navy by the State Department, suggests how Denbigh came to be known as "the packet."


Navy Department
June 10, 1864.

Rear-Admiral D. G. Farragut
Comdg. Western Gulf Blockading Squadron, New Orleans.

SIR:  The following is from a dispatch dated the 30th ultimo received by the Secretary of State from the U. S. consul-general at Havana and submitted to the perusal of this Department:

The blockade-running steamer Mail cleared from Havana on the 28th of May for Nassau, but it is believed that that her destination is Galveston.  [Mail, which was then sailing as Susanna, arrived at Galveston about June 2.]  This morning the Denbigh arrived from Mobile, haven made the passage in two days. Some effort should be made to put a stop to the career of this vessel. For some time past her arrival here, when due, has been looked for with the same degree of certaitity of any steamer regularly running to this port, and so far she has not disappointed expectations.

Very respectfully, etc.,

Secretary of Navy.


Source:  Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Series I, Vol. 21.


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