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  • Federal transport steamer struck a Confederate torpedo Today in Florida History April 01, 1864 - The Federal transport steamer, Maple Leaf, struck a Confederate torpedo, now referred to as a mine, on the St. Johns River near Mandarin and sank immediately in three fathoms of water on this date. A detachment of Confederate artillery and a company of infantry troops were dispatched to the area to ensure that the wreckage was complete. The 181-ft long Maple Leaf was launched in 1851 in...Read more

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