Fort Fisher

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

Monday, March 10, 2014

150 Years Ago-- March 9th, 1864: Confederate Secret Service

MARCH 9TH, 1864: Confederate Secretary of War James A. Seddon, authorized Thomas E. Courtenay to employ "a band of men, not exceeding twenty-five in number, for secret service against the enemy.... For destruction of property of the enemy or injury done, a percentage shall be paid in 4 per cent bonds, in no case to exceed 50 percent of the loss to the enemy, and to be awarded bu such officer or officers as shall be charged with such duty.... The waters and railroads of the Confederate States used by the enemy are properly the subjects and arenas of operations...." Courtenay had aided in the development of the coal torpedoes. //// --Old B-Runner

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