Fort Fisher

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

Monday, May 12, 2014

Special James River Torpedo Unit Established

MAY 12TH, 1864:  150 Years Ago.  Rear Admiral Lee, prompted by the recent losses of the USS Commodore Jones and Shawsheen on the James River, ordered Lt. Rosweell H. Lamson to command a special "torpedo and picket division" on that river.

The force would include the side-wheelers USS Stepping Stones, Delaware and Tritonia.  In addition to patrolling and reconnoitering the river banks and dragging the river itself for torpedoes, Lee directed  Lamson: "By night keep picket vessels and boats ahead and underway with alarm signals to prevent surprise from rebel river craft, rams, torpedo 'Davids,' and fire rafts."

The Confederates Had a Lot of New and Old technology to Worry About.  --Old B-R'er

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