Fort Fisher

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

Saturday, February 15, 2014

150 Years Ago-- February 11th-12th, 1864: Cannon Cartridge Bags Needed

FEBRUARY 11TH: The USS Queen captured the schooner Louisa off the mouth of the Brazos River, Texas, with cargo of powder and Enfield rifles. //// FEBRUARY 12TH: Commander John M. Brooke (maker of the Brooke Rifled cannons), in charge of the Confederate Navy's Office of Ordnance and Hydrography wrote Flag Officer Barron in France for "material for cartridge bags, which is now much needed." Brooke asked Barron to purchase some 22,000 yards of material and to ship it to Nassau. He wanted blockade-runners to take it from there, but in no more than 1000 yard lots to avoid complete loss in case of capture or destruction. Getting supplies was becoming increasingly difficult for the Confederacy. //// Old B-Runner

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