Fort Fisher

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

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Matters on the Great Lakes and Japan

MAY 26TH, 1864:  Most action involving the Union Navy during the Civil War took place along rivers and coasts of the Confederacy, but, there were other areas of concern.

This date, Commander Carter of the USS Michigan reported to Secretary Welles from Buffalo New York regarding his ship's cruise on Lake Erie: "relative to supposed armed vessel intended to raid on the lake cities...."  but, he could "find no foundation for the rumors relative thereto....matters quiet at present...."

There had been rumors that a ship was being armed to rescue the prisoners at Johnson's Island.

Also, this date:  U.S. Minister to Japan, Robert H. Pruyn, requested that the USS Jamestown come without delay to the port of Kanagawa, which the Japanese threatened to close to foreign commerce.

--Old B-Runner

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