Fort Fisher

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

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Using Those Captured Union Guns

MAY 7TH, 1864:  The Confederacy, hampered by limited armaments and foundries, sought to make optimum use of every piece of captured Union ordnance.

This date, Major general Camille J. Polignac, CSA, pointed out the significance of the Southern capture of the USS Signal and Covington and their two Parrott guns:  "It is very important and desirable that these fruits of our victories over the enemy's gunboats shall be saved to us, as well as lost to them."

And it sure did seem that a lot of ships, besides blockade-runners, were being lost during the first part of May (on both sides).

--Old B-Runner

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