#17 The Flaming Raft New Orleans, Louisiana April 26, 1862

New Orleans, La. Apr. 26, 1862


An alert lookout on the Union ship The Nationalist is responsible for thwarting a Confederate plot to burn the boat. David Hurron was at his post when he saw "a raft burning brightly at one end" moving through the darkness toward the ship. Pushing the raft from a canoe, three Southern loyalists hoped to destroy The Nationalist. Once alerted, the crew of the ship opened fire at the men in the canoe. Bullets splashed harmlessly in the water missing their targets at first. But as the raft edged closer to the boat, the men were silhouetted by the flames and gunned down. The treacherous plot having failed, the flaming raft drifted out to sea.