Fort Fisher

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

Thursday, June 5, 2014

150 Years Ago-- June 6-7th, 1864

JUNE 6TH, 1864:  The USS Louisville covered the embarkation of 8,000 Union troops near Sunnyside, Arkansas,.  They had landed on June 4th and engaged Confederate units near Bayou Macon, Louisiana and chased them off.The ship's commander wrote that: "Unless Marmaduke's forces (Confederate general), with his artillery, are driven away or destroyed, they will very much annoy navigation between Cypress bend and Sunnyside."

The USS Metacomet captured blockade-running steamer Donegal off Mobile with a large cargo of munitions.

JUNE 7TH, 1864:  The Confederate transport steamer Etiwan grounded off Fort Johnson and was sunk by Union batteries on Morris Island, in Charleston Harbor.

Suspecting that Confederates were using cotton to erect breastworks on the Suwannee River in Florida, a boat expedition from the USS Clyde and Sagamore proceeded upriver and captured over 100 bales of cotton near Clay Landing.

--Old B-Runner

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