Fort Fisher

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

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

150 Years Ago-- June 4-5, 1864: Fishing and Runners

JUNE 4TH, 1864:  The success of the CSS Tacony against shipping off New England in the previous year (June 20-27, 1863) prompted a committee in Gloucester, Massachusetts, to write Welles:  "In behalf of the citizens and businesses of this town interested in the fishing business, to ask your attention to the protection for our fishing fleet for the coming season."  Welles ordered the USS Ticonderoga to this duty.

The USS Fort Jackson captured the blockade-running steamer Thistle at sea east of Charleston.  All her cargo except a cotton press was thrown overboard in the six-hour chase.

JUNE 5TH, 1864:   The USS Keystone State seized blockade-running British steamer Siren off Beaufort, NC, with cargo including hoop iron and liquor.

--Old B-R'er

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