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“The Banks Expedition- a Confederate Schooner running into the United States transport Che-Kiang, off the Florida reefs, on the night of December 11th, 1862, with the intention of sinking her. On the night of December 11th, 1862, as the United States transport Che-Kiang, laden with troops, was off the Florida Reefs, a schooner supposed to be a Confederate one, ran at full sail against the Che-Kiang. As the latter vessel was painted white and had no lights burning, there can be little doubt it was a daring and desperate attempt to wreck the transport, more especially as the schooner’s crew, immediately after the collision, put off into a boat and rowed away with all expedition. After disengaging herself from the sinking schooner the Che-Kiang pursued her way, and reached Ship Island in such a leaky condition that the troops had to be landed."— Frank Leslie, 1896


Frank Leslie Famous Leaders and Battle Scenes of the Civil War (New York, NY: Mrs. Frank Leslie, 1896)


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