Fort Fisher

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

Monday, January 5, 2015

USS Indianola Refloated

JANUARY 5TH, 1865:  Acting Lieutenant James Lansing succeeded in refloating the USS Indianola in the Mississippi River.  It had been sunk by the Confederates nearly two years earlier and the Union had been attempting to float her ever since.

Rear Admiral Porter, who, as commander of the Mississippi Squadron and now was off Fort Fisher preparing his attack, had been particularly interested in salvaging the ironclad, warmly congratulated Lansing on his success:  "There are triumphs of skill such as you have displayed as glorious as if the result were from combat, and as such you have my highest commendations."

The Indianola was taken upriver to Mound City, Illinois, for repairs.

--Old B-Runner

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