Monday, March 17, 2014
Expedition Against Swansboro, NC
MARCH 24TH, 1864: An Army-Navy expedition departed Beaufort, NC, on USS Britannia with 200 soldiers and 50 sailors from the USS Keystone Stae, Florida and Cambridge. The object was to capture or destroy two schooners used in blockade-running at Swansboro, NC, and the capture of Confederate troops on the south end of Bogue Island Banks.
They arrived off Bogue Island late at night and encountered high winds and heavy seas which prevented landing. On the 25th, a second attempt succeeded, but a group got to Bear Creek where one of the schooners was burned.
Bad weather continued and the expedition returned, only partially successful.
-- Old B-R'er