Fort Fisher

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

Friday, June 6, 2014

150 Years Ago-- June 8-9th, 1864

JUNE 8TH, 1864:  The USS Chillicothe, Neosho and Fort Hindman had an expedition up the Atchafalaya River, Louisiana to silence a Confederate battery above Simmesport.  After a short engagements, the Confederates were driven off and their cannons captured.

JUNE 9TH, 1864:  Secretary Welles decided "to retire Marine officers who are past the legal age, and to bring in Zeilin as Commander of the Corps."  retirement of over-age naval and marine officers was one of the difficult administrative problems of the war.

The USS New Berne, chased blockade-running steamer Pevensey aground near Beaufort, NC, with cargo including arms, lead, bacon and clothing. She blew up shortly thereafter.

--Old B-R'er

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