Fort Fisher

Fort Fisher
Fort Fisher, NE Bastion. Frank Vizetelly (National Geographic)

Thursday, October 3, 2013

The 69th Indiana Drownings

From Wikipedia. //// During preparations for an invasion of the mainland from Matagorda Island the 69th Indiana assembled. To get to the mainland, they had to cross 300 yards of the bay. //// A ferry was made of pontoon boats tied together as a raft which could carry three companies across at a time. On the third trip, carrying companies B, G and K, the raft was swamped by an incoming tide. Two officers and 21 enlisted men drowned and many otghers carried off by current before being rescued. //// This occurred on March 13, 1864. //// For more information of the 69th Indiana, see today's entry on my Saw the Elephant Civil War blog. //// --Old B-Runner

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