Fort Fisher

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

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Action on Western Rivers

JUNE 15TH, 1864:  Confederate artillery opened fire in the early morning on wooden-sidewheeler USS General Bragg (a Union ship with a Confederate general's name?) at Como landing, Louisiana.  The Bragg forced them to move to Ratliff's Landing where they opened fire on the small paddle-wheel steamer USS Naiad.

The USS Winnebago, a double-turreted river monitor, heard the gunfire and hove into sight and the combined firepower of the three ships temporarily silenced the field battery.  The next day, the Bragg was again taken under fire by Confederate guns and another spirited engagement ensued, during which a shot disabled the Bragg's engine.

--Old B-Runner

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