In October, 1864, the U.S.S. Wachusett had rammed and captured the Confederate Florida in port at Bahia, Brazil. British complaints concerned a violation of neutrality by the U.S. gunboat Tioga, reported to have anchored without permission at Bimini Roadstead, in the Bahamas (Charles F. Adams to Seward, June 16, 1864, House Executive Document No. 1, II, 120).
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