Fort Fisher

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

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Blockade Runner City of Richmond Arrives in France for Rendezvous With CSS Stonewall

JANUARY 20TH, 1865:  The blockade runner City of Richmond, Commander Davidson, anchored in Quiberon Bay, France, to wait the arrival of the CSS Stonewall.  Davidson permitted no communication with the shore in order to preclude the possibility of others learning that the ironclad would rendezvous with him and effect a transfer of men and supplies.

Flag Officer Barron described the Stonewall as "a vessel more formidable than any we have yet afloat."

The same day, Flag officer Barron reported to Secretary Mallory that he had ordered Commanders James H. North and G.T. Sinclair and Lt.Cmdr. C.M. Morris, Confederate agents abroad to return to the Confederacy "...there being in my judgement no prospect for any duty for them."

--Old B-R'er

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