|Tampa Bay, Florida|
The expedition was launched after sailors reported seeing the sails of small vessels moving back and forth across Tampa Bay. The commanders of the two blockade vessels stationed off the bay came to believe that these were the boats of a developing coast guard effort at Tampa and that a fort was under construction on the south side of the bay at the mouth of the Manatee River.
|Civil War Drawing of USS Kingfisher|
...At 8 p.m. I dispatched the first, second, and third cutters in charge of Acting Master J.H. Hallet and Master's Mates J.E. Whiteside and C.E. Sloan, with 35 men, fully armed, the whole under charge of Mr. Hallet, with writen instructions to act in concert with an equal number of boats and men from the Ethan Allen, in charge of Acting Master Stephenson. - Acting Volunter Lieutenant Joseph P. Couthoy, U.S. Navy, January 27, 1862.
|Modern Aerial of the Mouth the Manatee River|
...The boats returned last evening having found no armed vessel nor any enemy on shore, after capturing the sloop Mary Nevis, of Tampa, of about 12 tons burden, engaged in carrying the mails, freight, and passengers between Fort Brooke, Manatee River and the intermediate points, with a woman and child only on board, the one man forming her crew having run her ashore and taken to ths bush. They also burned the temporary barracks erected on a mound near the beach, lately occupied, according to parties on shore, by a troop of 115 or 120 cavalry, with one gun mounted on wheels. - Acting Volunteer Lieutenant Joseph P. Couthoy, U.S. Navy, January 27, 1862.
The expedition did not result in combat, but a similar operation in 1863 would lead to the Battle of Fort Brooke.