Fort Fisher

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

Thursday, February 6, 2014

150 Years Ago-- February 2-22, 1864

FEBRUARY 2-22ND, 1864: Major General Quincy Gilmore informed Admiral Dahlgren of SABS that he intended to put troops ashore by the St. John's River in Florda and asked for Navy assistance. He sent five naval vessels, including the USS Water Witch, to cover the attack and took personal command of the naval contingent. // The soldiers landed at Jacksonville, moved inland, captured field pieces and took a large quantity of cotton. //// FEBRUARY 3RD, 1864: Four Navy ships engaged Confederate batteries at Liverpool, Mississippi, on the Yazoo River to keep them from harassing Gen. Sherman's expedition to Meridian, Ms.. In the next two weeks, the ships pushed as far as Greenwood, Mississippi, engaging enemy troops. //// FEBRUARY 4-5TH: The USS Sassacus chased steamer Nutfield aground off New River Inlet, NC. Unable to get her off, the ship was destroyed after her cargo of quinine and Enfield rifles was recovered. //// --Old B-Runner

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