Fort Fisher

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

Monday, April 7, 2014

Worrying About the CSS Albemarle

APRIL 5TH, 1864: Late in March, Union forces at Plymouth, NC, had sunk hulks, some with percussion torpedoes attached to them, to obstruck the Roanoke River and provide additional protection for the ironclad uprever, the CSS Albemarle. //// Lt. Cmdr. Flusser, USN, reported to Admiral Lee another of the freely circulating rumors about the Confederate ship, saying that the large ship was said to be of such light draft "that she may pass over our obstructions in the river without touching them." //// However, the draft of the Albemarle was actually about 9 feet, but on March 27th, Flusser had heard it as being "6 to 8 feet" according to a carpenter who had worked on her. //// Mean Old Albemarle. --Old B-Runner

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