Fort Fisher

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

Monday, December 9, 2013

150 Years Ago-- December 7-9, 1863

DECEMBER 7TH: Asst, Sec. of Navy Fox sent a list of ships running the blockade to Rear Admiral Lee saying: "While captures are numerous, it is not the less evident that there are as many that escape capture." //// DECEMBER 8TH: The USS Brazileria found the blockade-runner Antoinette run aground at Cumberland Island, Georgia, and a total wreck. // The disabled merchant ship Henry Van Phul shelled by a Confederate battery near Morganza, Louisiana, but were driven off by two Union warships. Merchant ships operating along the rivers were ok as long as escorted by Navy ships. //// DECEMBER 9TH: In his annual message to Congress, President Lincoln noted that the blockade was increasing in efficiency, but "illicit trade is not entirely suppressed." //// Old B-Runner

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