Fort Fisher

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

Monday, May 19, 2014

150 Years Ago-- May 19-22nd, 1864: Farragut Wants Old Friend Buchanan to Come Out and Play

MAY 19TH, 1864:  The USS General Price engaged a Confederate battery attempting to destroy the transport steamer  Superior along the Mississippi River at Tunica Bend, Louisiana.

MAY 21ST, 1864:  The USS Atlanta (formerly the CSS Atlanta) and USS Dawn dispersed Confederate cavalry attacking Fort Powhatan on the James River, Virginia.

MAY 22ND, 1864:  Rear Admiral Farragut wrote his son from off shore of Mobile Bay: "I am lying off here, looking at Buchanan and awaiting his coming out.  He has a force of four ironclads and three wooden vessels.  I have eight or nine wooden vessels.  We'll try to amuse him if he comes....  I have a fine set of vessels here just now, and am anxious for my friend Buchanan to come out."

The USS Kineo seized the British blockade running schooner Sting Ray off Velasco, Texas.  However, the prize crew put on board it was overwhelmed by the original crew.  The Sting Ray was grounded off the Texas coast, where the Union sailors were turned over to Confederate troops.

--Old B-Runner

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