Fort Fisher

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

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Dangerous Reconnaissance Off New Inlet, N.C.

DECEMBER 16-17TH, 1864:  Acting master Charles  A Petit, USS Monticello, performed a dangerous reconnaissance off New Inlet, N.C. removing several Confederate torpedoes and their firing apparatus near the base of Fort Caswell.

Petit's expedition was part of the Union's extensive preparations for the bombardment and assault on Fort Fisher and the defenses of Wilmington, planned for late December.

Note: New Inlet is by Fort Fisher and Old Inlet is by Fort Caswell.  The USS Monticello was William Cushing's ship.

--Old B-Runner

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