Fort Fisher

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

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Another Blockade Runner Falls Into the Union Cape Fear River Trap

JANUARY 25TH, 1865:  Shortly after dawn, a boarding party from the USS Tristram Shandy, Acting Lt. Francis M. Green, seized blockade-running steamer Blenheim just inside the bar at New Inlet, North Carolina.  The Blenheim had run into the approach to Wilmington unaware that the Union now controlled it and anchored off the Mound Battery.

Green reported: "At the time of boarding they were endeavoring to get the vessel underway."  The Blenheim was the third prize to be lured into Union hands by the Confederate range lights at the Mound Battery which Rear Admiral Porter had kept burning.

Much Easier to Capture One If They Come to You.  --Old B-R'er


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