March 29, 1862: Yancey not captured

William Lowndes Yancey of Alabama

The New York Times ran several stories in March claiming that William Lowndes Yancey had been captured on board the blockade runner William Mallory, by the Union ship Water Witch.

The reports were erroneous, as this correction shows:

Mr. Yancey not captured.

The New York Herald has the following:

It turns out after all that Yancey is still at large, and that the statement of his having recently made a speech in New Orleans has some probability in it. We learn from our correspondent at Key West the manner in which the rumor of his capture got started. It appears that Commander Ridgeley, of the Santiago de Cuba, received a letter from the American Consul General at Havana informing him that Yancey had sailed for a Southern port in the William Mallory. On the 9th, after the receipt of this intelligence, the Water Witch arrived at Key West, having on board the captain and crew of this vessel, which she had captured on the 5th off St. Andrew’s Bay. The people of Key West were thrown into a state of great excitement by the rumor, which immediately got into circulation, that Mr. Yancey was among the prisoners, in the disguise of a seaman. A close scrutiny of the crew, however, showed that this impression was unfounded; and, furthermore, our correspondent was informed by the mate of the Mallory that Yancey had left Havana the day before the latter vessel sailed, in a schooner called the Break-of-Day, bound for Mobile.

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