Fort Fisher

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

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Confederate Steamer Granite City Chased Ashore in Texas

JANUARY 21ST, 1865:  The USS Penguin chased steamer Granite City ashore off Velasco, Texas.  The blockade runner was under the protection of Confederate shore batteries.

The Penguin's commander reported that he was "of the opinion that the steamer could not be got off, and would eventually go to pieces, as there was a heavy sea rolling in and continually breaking over her, I did not think it was prudent to remain longer under the enemy's fire, as their guns were of longer range than ours."

--Old B-Runner

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