Fort Fisher

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

Friday, July 4, 2014

July 4th, 1864: Making a Run for It

JULY 4TH, 1864:  The USS Magnolia captured three boats at sea several hundred miles east of Florida with small cargoes of cotton and turpentine.  The intrepid Southern boatsmen had been at sea for some 40 days attempting to reach Nassau.

I imagine they might have been somewhat happy to be captured as opposed to perishing at sea.

The Naval Chronology remarked that the attempt to run the blockade in small boats like these, powered by sail and oars, was an extreme measure even for the South's struggling economy.  But I am sure the attempt had nothing to do with supporting the Confederacy.  It was all about making some big bucks.

--Old B-Runner

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