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Mail was a cutler's schooner captured by Freeborn while unloading cargo about 6 miles up the Coan River, 1 August 1862. However, 6 days later she was released upon the request of Secretary of the Treasury Chase. She was again siezed by the guard vessel at Alexandria after having cleared that port under a false manifest which listed 428 cans of strong drink as milk. This time intercession of the Treasury Department was unavailing and the schooner was assigned to the South Atlantic Blockading Squadron and placed in service as a divers' tender. At the end of the Civil War she was laid up at Port Royal umtil sold there 20 October 1865.