Fort Fisher

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

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

150 Years Ago-- July 1, 1864: CSS Florida Still Raiding

JULY 1ST, 1864:  The CSS Florida, Lt. Morris, captured and burned the bark Harriet Stevens at sea southwest of Bermuda with cargo of lumber, cement and gum opium (drugs?).  Morris sent the opium in a blockade runner for hospital use.

The Florida, now under command of Lt. Morris instead of Captain Maffitt, was still doing the job the Alabama could no longer do.

The USS Merrimac, captured the blockade-running sloop Henrietta at sea west of Tampa, Florida, with a cargo of cotton.

--Old B-Runner

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