Fort Fisher

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

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

A Confederate Plan to Destroy Porter's Fleet

APRIL 29TH, 1864:  Major General Taylor, CSA, seeking to take advantage of Porter's vulnerable position above the Alexandria falls, proposes they "convert one of the captured transports into a fire ship to burn the fleet now crowded above the upper falls."

A Union boat expedition up the Rappahannock River in Virginia engaged Confederate cavalry and destroyed a camp.

The USS Honeysuckle captured the blockade-running schooner Miriam west of Key West.  It had boarded the Miriam the day before and found its papers in order and released the Miriam.  However, the Honeysuckle kept an eye on the Miriam and determined the ship was not following the course it should have been.  Another boarding and mail for the Confederate States was found and the Miriam was seized.

--Old B-Runner

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