Fort Fisher

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

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Fooling the Blockade-Runners at Fort Fisher

JANUARY 17TH, 1865:  Knowing that many blockade-runners, unaware of Fort Fisher's fall, would attempt to run into the river, Porter ordered the signal lights on the Mound "properly trimmed and lighted, as has been the custom with the rebels during the blockade."

He added: " "Have the lights lighted tonight and see that no vessel inside displays a light, and be ready to grab anyone who enters."

Three days later the admiral's resourcefulness paid dividends with the capture of two runners.

--Old B-R'er

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