Fort Fisher

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

Monday, December 22, 2014

Confederates Try to Save Remnants of the Savannah Squadron-- Part 1

DECEMBER 21ST, 1864:  The Confederate Navy continued vigorous efforts to save the remnants of the Savannah squadron still at the city on the eve of its capture.  On 10 December Commander Thomas Brent of the CSS Savannah, ordered the torpedoes in Savannah Harbor removed in order that his vessels might fight their way to Charleston, S.C..

As Brent later reported to Flag Officer Hunter: "...after every endeavor he found that with all the appliances at his command, grapnels, etc., he was unable with the motive power of the boats to remove any of them, the anchors to which they are attached being too firmly embedded in the sand...."

--Old B-Runner


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