Fort Fisher

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

Thursday, January 9, 2014

150 Years Ago-- January 9th-10th, 1864

JANUARY 9th, 1864: Amid growing Union concerns of Confederate torpedoes, President Lincoln granted an interview with a Captain Lavender, a New England mariner, to discuss a device for discovering and removing underwater obstructions. (Of course, in the Civil War, torpedoes were the equivalent of today's mines.) //// Though many ideas for rendering Confederate torpedoes ineffective were advanced, none solved the problem, and torpedoes sank an increasing number of Union ships. //// JANUARY 10TH, 1864: Boat crews from the USS Roebuck captured blockade-running Confederate sloop Maria Louise with cargo of cotton off Jupiter Inlet, Florida. //// --Old B-Runner

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