Fort Fisher

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

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

CSS Albemarle at Plymouth, NC-- Part 2: Sinking the USS Southfield

APRIL 19TH, 1864: Cooke immediately weighed anchor and stood down the river to engage.. Anticipating an attack at Plymouth, Union Lt.Cmdr. Flusser lashed the wooden double-enders USS Miami and Southfield together for mutual protection and to concentrate firepower. //// When the Albemarle arrived, the two Union ships attacked the ram. The Albemarle rammed the Southfield a devastating blow. It was reported that there was a gaping hole clear through to the boiler. Cooke reported his ship had driven ten feet into the side of the Union ship. //// Cooke immediately put his engine into reverse as the Southfield sank, but not soon enough to reply to the cannon fire from the Miami. //// It's Not Over Yet--Old B-Runner

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