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00000174-b11b-ddc3-a1fc-bfdbb1a20000The Schreiner University Department of History is honoring the sesquicentennial of the American Civil War with a series of short vignettes focusing on events from 1861 through 1865. The Civil War was the most destructive conflict in American history, but it was also one of our most defining moments as a people and as a nation. Let us know what you think about "This Week in the Civil War." E-mail your comments to Dr. John Huddleston at jhuddles@schreiner.edu.Airs: Weekdays at 5:19 a.m., 8:19 a.m., 4:19 p.m. on KTXI and 4:49 a.m., 9:29 p.m. on KSTX.

This Week in the Civil War - 764

On Wednesday, February 10, 1864 the Confederate raider Florida left Brest, France after being birthed at a French government dock since August 1863 and successfully eluded the U.S.S. Kearsarge which had been watching for her. 

The Florida, the first commerce raider purchased from English shipbuilders in 1862 and originally known as the Oreto, eventually would capture thirty-seven ships of the United States before being captured by the U.S. Navy while in the neutral port of Bahia, Brazil in October 1864. 

Towed to the United States over the protests of the Brazilian government, the Florida would be sunk while at the U.S. naval facility at Newport News, Virginia, conveniently preventing her return to Brazil after a federal court decision that determined her capture at Bahia had been in violation of international law.