Fort Fisher

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

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

150 Years Ago-- April 19th, 1864: Another David Attack at Charleston

APRIL 19TH, 1864: A "David" torpedo boat attempted to sink the steam frigate USS Wabash off Charleston, SC. It was the same one which had attacked the USS Memphis on 6 March. It was sighted while still 150 yards off and the Wabash slopped its cable and rapidly got underway, pouring a hail of musket shot at the Confederate ship. When only 40 yards away, the David turned back because of heavy swells that threatened to swamp the low-lying boat. //// APRIL 19TH, 1864: The USS Virginia captured the Mexican blockade-running schooner Alma off the coast of Texas. //// --Old B-R'er

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