Fort Fisher

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

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Her Great Grandfather on the Blockade-Runner Rouen

From the Mariner's-L Archives.

The blockade-runner Rouen was captured off Wilmington 150 years ago today as mentioned in the previous post.

Jane Ward is doing research on her great-grandfather who was on the ship when it was captured and "given the choice of the hulks (prison) or joining the Union Navy, and being a smart and non-political, joined the Union Navy, served on the 'Grand Gulf' and later collected a pension on less than a year's service.

"His Scottish wife, much younger, collected a Union pension until her death in 1946, and used his service to claim U.S. citizenship."

You never know how things are going to turn out.

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