Fort Fisher

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

Saturday, January 18, 2014

150 Years Ago-- January 18-19, 1864: Looking for the Alabama

JANUARY 18TH: Secretary Welles directed Captain Henry Walke of the USS Sacramento to search for "the piratical vessels now afloat and preying upon our commerce. You will bear in mind that the principal object of your pursuit is the Alabama." To this date, the CSS Alabama had taken more than 60 prizes. The effect of it and the other Confederate commerce raiders was the drastic reduction of the U.S. flag on the high seas. // The USS Roebuck captured the sloop Caroline off Jupiter Inlet, Florida and the USS Stars and Stripes captured the blockade running steamer Laura off Ocklockonee River, Florida. //// JANUARY 19TH: Boats from the USS Roebuck seized British schooner Eliza and sloop Mary inside Jupiter Inlet, Florida. In ten days, the Roebuck, under Acting Master Sherrill had taken six prizes. //// --Old B-Runner

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