Fort Fisher

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

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Federal Plans to Destroy the CSS Albemarle: Let Cushing Do It

JULY 9TH, 1864:  In a confidential letter to Secretary Welles, Rear Admiral Lee disclosed plans for an operation to destroy the Confederate threat posed by the CSS Albemarle:  "I concur in Captain Smith's opinion that it would be inexpedient to fight the ram with our long double-enders in that narrow river [the Roanoke].

"I proposed to Lieutenant Cushing a torpedo attack, either by means of the india-rubber boat heretofore applied for, which could be transported across the swamp opposite Plymouth, or a light-draft, rifle-proof, swift steam barge, fitted with a torpedo."

Cushing's just the Guy You Want for Such an Attempt.  --Old B-Runner

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