Fort Fisher

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

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Action at Apalachicola, Fla. and Alligator River, NC

MAY 12TH, 1864:  Boat expedition from USS Somerset transported a detachment of troops to Apalachicola, Florida, to disperse a Confederate force thought to be in the vicinity.

After disembarking the troops, the ship discovered Confederate sailors embarking on their own boat expedition.  After a brief exchange, the Confederates were driven into town and their boats and supplies captured.

The Confederates, led by Lt. Gift, CSN, had been planning to capture the USS Adela.

The USS Beauregard seized the blockade-running sloop Resolute off Indian River, Florida.

MAY 13TH, 1864:  The side-wheeler USS Ceres with Army transport Rockland and 100 embarked soldiers conducted a raiding expedition on the Alligator River, NC, and captured the Confederate schooner Ann S. Davenport. and disabled a mill supplying ground corn to Southern armies.

--Old B-Runner

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