Fort Fisher

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

Friday, February 14, 2014

And Speaking of Confederate Commerce Raiders: CSS Florida Escapes

FEBRUARY 10TH, 1864: The CSS Florida, now under the command of Lt. Charles M. Morris, CSN, (it had been commanded by John Newland Maffitt) escaped to sea from Brest, France where it had been undergoing repairs since the previous August. //// The USS Kearsarge, under Captain Winslow (later to become famous for sinking the CSS Alabama) was offshore keeping a watch. Winslow wrote: "The Florida took advantage of a thick, rainy night and left at 2 o'clock, proceeding through the southern passage." Winslow found, like the British, that keeping Brest blockaded was very difficult. The Germans used Brest quite a bit during World War II as well. //// --Old B-Runner

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